31 days in Turkey Itinerary

31 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey route planner

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Istanbul
— 6 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
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Ankara
— 3 nights
Fly
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Selcuk
— 5 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gallipoli
— 2 nights
Drive
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Edirne
— 5 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul itinerary maker.

Medellin, Colombia to Istanbul is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 8 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Medellin in April: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

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.
When in Goreme, make a side trip to see Kaymakli Underground City in Derinkuyu, approximately Derinkuyu away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, make a trip to Pasabag, contemplate the long history of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme route planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Goreme. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Ankara

— 3 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: take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, make a trip to Ahielvan Cami, see the interesting displays at Altindag Belediyesi Sair ve Yazarlar Evi, and admire the masterpieces at 8 Hubb Art Gallery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ankara visit website.

You can take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Goreme in April, you will find days in Ankara are slightly colder (14°C), and nights are a bit warmer (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Selcuk.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Selcuk

— 5 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.
When in Selcuk, make a side trip to see Magnesia Antik Kenti in Germencik, approximately Germencik away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, and admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Ankara to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Ankara in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Selcuk, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Pamukkale

— 3 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.
Step out of Pamukkale with an excursion to Aphrodisias in Geyre--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and explore the ancient world of Laodikeia.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Pamukkale journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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 25th (Sun): take in the history at Gallipoli National Park. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Seyit Onbasi Monument, 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 contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azaplar Camii.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Gallipoli trip planner.

Drive from Pamukkale to Gallipoli in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In April, daytime highs in Gallipoli are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Edirne.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Edirne

— 5 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. Step out of Edirne to go to Uzunkopru and see Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu), which is approximately 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Selimiye Mosque, contemplate the long history of Beyazit II Mosque Complex, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dar-ul Hadis Camii, and take in the views from Meric River Bridge.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Edirne online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gallipoli to Edirne takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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.