24 days in Turkey Itinerary

24 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Selcuk
— 3 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Ankara
— 2 nights
Fly to Çanakkale Airport, Drive to Gallipoli
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Gallipoli
— 2 nights
Drive
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Edirne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Istanbul
— 7 nights
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Selcuk

— 3 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Take a break from Selcuk with a short trip to Magnesia Antik Kenti in Germencik, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain, take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque, and contemplate the long history of Public Latrine.

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New York City, USA to Selcuk is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually an 8 hour difference. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Selcuk, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Pamukkale

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Pamukkale tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 4 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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Goreme National Park, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, Head underground at Uchisar Castle, and make a trip to Pasabag.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Goreme using our trip planner.

You can fly from Pamukkale to Goreme in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Goreme, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ankara

— 2 nights

Heart of Turkey

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 10th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tacettin Sultan Cami, then take an in-depth tour of Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Aslanhane Mosque. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Yargitay, stop by Kibele Kale, then examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, then see the interesting displays at Altindag Belediyesi Sair ve Yazarlar Evi, and finally make a trip to Musa aga camii.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ankara road trip site.

Traveling by bus from Goreme to Ankara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Goreme in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Ankara, with highs around 65°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Gallipoli

— 2 nights
The Gallipoli peninsula is located in the southern part of East Thrace, the European part of Turkey, with the Aegean Sea to the west and the Dardanelles strait to the east.Gallipoli is the Italian form of the Greek name "Καλλίπολις" (Kallípolis), meaning "Beautiful City", the original name of the modern town of Gelibolu. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): witness the site of a historic battle at Gallipoli National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi, appreciate the history behind Seyit Onbasi Monument, then witness the site of a historic battle at Gallipoli Battlefield, then steep yourself in history at Anzac Cove, and finally appreciate the history behind Eceabat Tarihe SaygI Aniti.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Gallipoli attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ankara to Gallipoli. Traveling from Ankara in May, you will find days in Gallipoli are somewhat warmer (74°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Edirne.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Edirne

— 2 nights
Edirne is a city in the northwestern Turkish province of Edirne in the region of East Thrace, close to Turkey's borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum, then admire the striking features of Uc Serefeli Camii, then admire the landmark architecture of Selimiye Mosque, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Renk Mis Sabun. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Karaagac Train Station, take in the views from Meric River Bridge, then see the interesting displays at Edirne Kent Muzesi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eski Cami.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Edirne visit planner.

Traveling by car from Gallipoli to Edirne takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Istanbul.

Things to do in Edirne

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Istanbul

— 7 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: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Edirne to Istanbul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. May in Istanbul sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Turkey travel guide

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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.