23 days in Turkey Itinerary

23 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey holiday maker

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Bursa
— 1 night
Drive
3
Canakkale
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Cesme
— 1 night
Drive
5
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive
6
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
7
Fethiye
— 2 nights
Fly
8
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly
9
Trabzon
— 1 night
Drive
10
Artvin
— 1 night
Drive
11
Kars
— 1 night
Drive
12
Van
— 1 night
Drive
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Sanliurfa
— 1 night
Drive
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Gaziantep
— 2 nights
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Istanbul

— 4 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia, explore the galleries of Galata Tower, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Istanbul road trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March, things will get colder in Istanbul: highs are around 14°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Bursa

— 1 night
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
On the 14th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Ulu Cami and then get engrossed in the history at Ordekli Culture and Art Center.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bursa trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Bursa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Istanbul in March since evenings lows in Bursa dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Canakkale.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your trip

Canakkale

— 2 nights
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
On the 15th (Tue), witness the site of a historic battle at Gallipoli National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind KIrmIzI SIrt 125. Alay Siperleri, contemplate the long history of Anzac Cove, then don't miss a visit to Hellas Memorial, then pause for some photo ops at Canakkale Sehitleri Aniti, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Namazgah Tabyalari.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Canakkale trip planner.

Getting from Bursa to Canakkale by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In March, daytime highs in Canakkale are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cesme.

Things to do in Canakkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Cesme

— 1 night
The ancient coastal town of Cesme has managed to preserve its natural beauty, even after many years as one of the most popular beach resorts in Turkey's Aegean Region.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Erythrai archaeological ruins, then see the interesting displays at Kostem Zeytinyagi Muzesi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alacati Pazaryeri Camii, and finally view the masterpieces at Kirli Ciki Sanat Galerisi.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Cesme journey planning website.

Traveling by car from Canakkale to Cesme takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Canakkale to Cesme is minus 1 hour. In March, daytime highs in Cesme are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Cesme

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Selcuk

— 1 night
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on Troy Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, and finally explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Selcuk travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Cesme to Selcuk in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cesme to Selcuk. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cesme in March since evenings lows in Selcuk dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Pamukkale

— 1 night

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): push the limits with an extreme tour, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Pamukkale online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Adventure

Fethiye

— 2 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): stop by Anadolu el Sanatlari, then kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally stroll around Oludeniz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Fethiye Kalesi, explore the ancient world of Ancient Rock Tombes, then take a leisurely stroll along Fethiye Port, and finally steep yourself in history at Downtown Fethiye.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fethiye trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Fethiye takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Fethiye can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Fethiye

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): see Off-Road Tours and then take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys. On the next day, admire the verdant scenery at Red Valley, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and finally explore the historical opulence of Uchisar Castle.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Goreme holiday builder site.

Traveling by flight from Fethiye to Goreme takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Fethiye in March: high temperatures in Goreme hover around 16°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Trabzon

— 1 night
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. On the 25th (Fri), examine the collection at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, take an in-depth tour of Trabzon Tarihi Muzesi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fatih Camii, then see the interesting displays at Trabzonspor Samil Ekinci Museum, then see the interesting displays at Trabzon Sehir Muzesi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yeni Cuma Camii.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Trabzon online trip planner.

Fly from Goreme to Trabzon in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Trabzon, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Artvin.

Things to do in Trabzon

Museums · Historic Sites

Artvin

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishan Church and then admire the sheer force of Mencuna Waterfalls.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Artvin road trip planning website.

You can drive from Trabzon to Artvin in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kars.

Things to do in Artvin

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Kars

— 1 night
Kars is a city in northeast Turkey and the capital of Kars Province.With a population of 73,836, it is the largest city on the Turkish side of the closed border with Armenia. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ani Cathedral and then delve into the distant past at Ani Antik Kenti.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kars trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Artvin to Kars takes 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Kars can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Van.

Things to do in Kars

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Van

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Van Iskelesi and then don't miss a visit to Old Van.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Van tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kars to Van in 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sanliurfa.
Highlights from your trip

Sanliurfa

— 1 night
Şanlıurfa, often simply known as Urfa or Al-Ruha, in ancient times Edessa, is a city with 561,465 inhabitants in south-eastern Turkey, and the capital of Şanlıurfa Province. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Balikligol, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Halil Ul Rahman Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum, and finally explore the activities along Ayn Zeliha Golu.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sanliurfa attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Van to Sanliurfa takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gaziantep.

Things to do in Sanliurfa

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Gaziantep

— 2 nights
A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
On the 30th (Wed), examine the collection at Hamam Muzesi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Omeriye Mosque, then explore the world behind art at Zeugma Mosaic Museum, and finally stroll around Dulukbaba Tabiat Parki.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gaziantep online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sanliurfa to Gaziantep in 2 hours. In March in Gaziantep, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gaziantep

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.5
History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.