23 days in Turkey Itinerary

23 days in Turkey Itinerary

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23 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Bilbao
Fly:  5 h
1
Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Goreme
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
3
Ankara
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Selcuk
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
7
Alanya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
8
Antalya
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Bilbao

6
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. Appreciate the collections at Topkapi Palace and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). When in Istanbul, make a side trip to see Ulu Cami in Bursa, approximately Bursa away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Little Hagia Sophia.

To see photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

Bilbao, Spain to Istanbul is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bilbao to Istanbul is 2 hours. Traveling from Bilbao in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ulu Cami
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

4
nights
Goreme

Goreme ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Goreme National Park and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. Get some historical perspective at Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) and Gore Harabeleri. Step out of Goreme with an excursion to Ihlara Valley in Guzelyurt--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, see Off-Road Tours, Head underground at Uchisar Castle, and don't miss a visit to Pasabag.

To find other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Goreme trip planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Goreme, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Urgup, Avanos, Gore Harabeleri, Uchisar Castle, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
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Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

1
night
Ankara

Ankara ©
Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Anitkabir, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hamamonu Restored Area, then examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, then take an in-depth tour of Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, and finally admire the striking features of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii).

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ankara travel route planner.

You can take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Goreme in July: highs in Ankara hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums Historic Sites
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Anitkabir ©
Anitkabir
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi ©
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi

4
nights
Selcuk

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bibliotheque de Celsus and Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu. Ephesus Museum and Camlik Locomotive Museum will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), don't miss a visit to Curetes Street, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isa Bey Mosque.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Selcuk vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ankara to Selcuk takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ankara in July, you will find days in Selcuk are a bit warmer (41°C), and nights are a bit cooler (25°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ephesus Museum ©
Ephesus Museum
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

2
nights
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
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.
On the 26th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Pamukkale Balloons, then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip planner.

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

1
night
Oludeniz

Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): wander the streets of Old Town, then delve into the distant past at Ancient Rock Tombes, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz trip site .

Drive from Pamukkale to Oludeniz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Oludeniz, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Alanya.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Fethiye
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Babadag ©
Babadag
Ancient Rock Tombes ©
Ancient Rock Tombes

1
night
Alanya

Alanya ©
A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Alanya Kalesi, brush up on your military savvy at Red Tower, then explore the fascinating underground world of Dim Cave, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dimcay, and finally kick back and relax at Kleopatra Beach.

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Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Alanya takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Alanya

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alanya Kalesi ©
Alanya Kalesi
Red Tower ©
Red Tower
Dim Cave ©
Dim Cave

3
nights
Antalya

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
You'll explore and learn at Antalya Muzesi and Side Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kaleici and Ancient Theater. Explore Antalya's surroundings by going to Side (Temple of Apollo & Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum)), Phaselis (in Tekirova) and Aspendos Ruins and Theater (in Serik). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Hadrian's Gate.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Antalya road trip planner .

Drive from Alanya to Antalya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Antalya can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Manavgat, Aspendos Ruins and Theater, Phaselis
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo
Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater
Phaselis ©
Phaselis

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