30 days in Turkey Itinerary

30 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Train to Dorval, Bus to Montreal, Fly to Nevsehir
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
Bus
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Ankara
— 4 nights
Fly
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Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gallipoli
— 2 nights
Drive
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Edirne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Istanbul
— 8 nights
Fly

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Goreme: Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City). The adventure continues: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, and Head underground at Uchisar Castle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip maker.

Ottawa, Canada to Goreme is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Ottawa in October, you will find days in Goreme are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Ankara

— 4 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.
Ankara is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, admire the striking features of Aslanhane Mosque, get a sense of history and politics at Yargitay, and make a trip to Ahielvan Cami.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Ankara trip itinerary builder site.

You can take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Goreme in October, you will find days in Ankara are little chillier (16°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Oludeniz

— 2 nights
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 11th (Mon): stroll through The Lycian Way, then take in the awesome beauty at Babadag, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mavi Magara. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor, enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally explore the activities along Oludeniz.

Before you visit Oludeniz, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Ankara to Oludeniz takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Ankara in October, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in Oludeniz: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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.
On the 13th (Wed), stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Here are some ideas for day two: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip planner.

You can drive from Oludeniz to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

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.
Step out of Selcuk with an excursion to Magnesia Antik Kenti in Germencik--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, don't miss a visit to Byzantine acquaducts, contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, and get outside with Troy Tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Selcuk online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Selcuk by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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. On the 19th (Tue), take in the history at Gallipoli National Park. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Seyit Onbasi Monument, steep yourself in history at Anzac Cove, don't miss a visit to Hellas Memorial, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Azaplar Camii.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Gallipoli trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Selcuk to Gallipoli in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Selcuk in October, plan for slightly colder days in Gallipoli, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time 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 21st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum, browse the different shops at Selimiye Arasta Carsisi, then admire the striking features of Selimiye Mosque, and finally look for gifts at Renk Mis Sabun. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eski Cami, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Edirne Buyuk Sinagogu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dar-ul Hadis Camii, and finally take in the views from Meric River Bridge.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Edirne trip tool.

You can drive from Gallipoli to Edirne in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Istanbul.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Istanbul

— 8 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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner.

Drive from Edirne to Istanbul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Istanbul are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · 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.