25 days in Turkey Itinerary

25 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

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Istanbul
— 6 nights
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Edirne
— 1 night
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Gallipoli
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 4 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Manavgat
— 1 night
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Antalya
— 3 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Istanbul

— 6 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.
Hagia Sophia and Suleymaniye Cami will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Kapali Carsi and Iznik Works. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in May, with highs in Istanbul at 25°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Edirne.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Edirne

— 1 night
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 8th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum, stop by Karaagac, look for gifts at Edirne Saray Sekerleme, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eski Cami, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Selimiye Mosque.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Edirne vacation site.

You can drive from Istanbul to Edirne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Edirne

Neighborhoods · 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 9th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Gallipoli National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the history at Gallipoli Battlefield, then steep yourself in history at Anzac Cove, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi, and finally don't miss a visit to Azaplar Camii.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Gallipoli journey maker tool.

Traveling by car from Edirne to Gallipoli takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Gallipoli can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Selcuk

— 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Ancient City of Ephesus and Isa Bey Mosque. Get a sense of the local culture at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and Public Latrine. Change things up with a short trip to Magnesia Antik Kenti in Germencik (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, head outdoors with Troy Tours, step into the grandiose world of Ayasoluk Castle, and delve into the distant past at Baths of Varius.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Selcuk trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gallipoli to Selcuk takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Pamukkale online attractions planner.

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Manavgat.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Manavgat

— 1 night
Nestled between the Taurus Mountains and the sun-kissed beaches of the Mediterranean coastline, Manavgat serves as a regional center of tourism, offering easy access to a long stretch of sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Ancient Theater, work off some steam at Q Spa & Wellness, and then steep yourself in history at Temple of Apollo.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Manavgat travel route site.

Getting from Pamukkale to Manavgat by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Manavgat sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Manavgat

Historic Sites · Spas · Baths

Antalya

— 3 nights
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.
Visiting Carya Golf Club and The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kaleici and Ataturk Boulevard. Step out of Antalya with an excursion to Sirene Belek Golf & Wellness Hotel in Serik--about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, play a few rounds at Antalya Golf Club, and delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Antalya vacation maker site.

You can drive from Manavgat to Antalya in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. May in Antalya sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Golf · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Goreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Goreme Open-Air Museum and Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, make a trip to Pasabag, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, and do a tasting at Kocabag Winery.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme road trip tool.

You can fly from Antalya to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Goreme when traveling from Antalya in May, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.