27 days in Turkey Itinerary

27 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey itinerary planner

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
Bus
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Ankara
— 2 nights
Fly
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Antalya
— 2 nights
Bus to Fethiye, Taxi to Oludeniz
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Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 4 nights
Fly
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Bursa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gallipoli
— 2 nights
Drive
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Edirne
— 1 night
Drive
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Istanbul
— 5 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Goreme National Park and Goreme Open-Air Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri and Ortahisar Abdioglu Camii. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, Head underground at Uchisar Castle, explore the striking landscape at Pasabag, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Camur Magarasi Katpatuka.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Goreme holiday planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Goreme is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Goreme, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, Goreme is much colder than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 16°C and lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

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 2nd (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tacettin Sultan Cami, get to know the fascinating history of Hamamonu Restored Area, then stop by Kibele Kale, then examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ankara Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, then admire the landmark architecture of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii), and finally explore the ancient world of Roman Wall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ankara itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Goreme to Ankara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Goreme, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Ankara, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Antalya.

Things to do in Ankara

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Antalya

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate, then stop by Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, then stop by Kaleici, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Antalya Bazaar, take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, then examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Balon Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Antalya road trip website.

Getting from Ankara to Antalya by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ankara in April, you will find days in Antalya are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Oludeniz

— 1 night
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): stop by Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor, explore the ancient world of Ancient Rock Tombes, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Antalya to Oludeniz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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 7th (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: push the limits with an extreme tour, stop by Karahayit, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · 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.
For shopping fun, head to La Tulip Art Gallery or SIgacIk Village Market. Visit Ancient City of Ephesus and Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Selcuk to Germencik to see Magnesia Antik Kenti about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on Troy Tours, delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, make a trip to Cittantica Ephesus Park, and ponder the design of Trajan's Fountain.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Bursa.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Bursa

— 2 nights
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 13th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Tombs of Osman and Orhan, see the interesting displays at Bursa City Museum, and then examine the collection at Mudanya Armistice House Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Bursa Archaeological Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Green Tomb, and then hunt for treasures at Koza Hani.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bursa tour planning tool.

You can fly from Selcuk to Bursa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Selcuk in April, plan for little chillier days in Bursa, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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 15th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi, then steep yourself in history at Anzac Cove, then take in the history at Gallipoli Battlefield, and finally learn about all things military at Gallipoli Battle Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): stroll through Gallipoli National Park.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Gallipoli online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bursa to Gallipoli in 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Gallipoli can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Edirne.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): stop by Edirne Saray Sekerleme, take in the spiritual surroundings of Selimiye Mosque, examine the collection at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum, then browse the eclectic array of goods at The Grand Bazaar of Edirne, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eski Cami.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Edirne trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Gallipoli to Edirne in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Edirne

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Istanbul

— 5 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.
Visit Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmed Mosque for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Topkapi Palace and Galata Tower. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Ortakoy, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and take a stroll through Istiklal Caddesi.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip builder website.

Drive from Edirne to Istanbul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.