31 days in Turkey Itinerary

31 days in Turkey Itinerary

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31 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Goreme
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Guzelyurt
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Selcuk
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Gallipoli
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Edirne
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Istanbul
— 7 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: New York City

5
nights
Goreme

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 Goreme with an excursion to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, browse the exhibits of Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, and admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi.

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New York City, USA to Goreme is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from New York City to Goreme due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Goreme at 42°F and lows at 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar, Ortahisar Abdioglu Camii, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Bezirhane Pottery
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

3
nights
Guzelyurt

Guzelyurt ©
Step out of Guzelyurt to go to Nigde and see Nigde Museum, which is approximately 1 hour away.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Guzelyurt travel planner.

Getting from Goreme to Guzelyurt by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nigde Museum
Highlights from your plan
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery ©
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery
Selime Monastery ©
Selime Monastery
Kilise Camii ©
Kilise Camii

3
nights
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
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.
Pamukkale is known for nature, historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, and contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Guzelyurt to Pamukkale by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Denizli
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Balloon Rides

5
nights
Selcuk

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, theme parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), don't miss a visit to Curetes Street, and look for gifts at Celsus Ceramic.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk tour itinerary planning app .

Getting from Pamukkale to Selcuk by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

2
nights
Gallipoli

Gallipoli ©
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 (Thu), don't miss a visit to Azaplar Camii, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi, and then explore the striking landscape of Gallipoli National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Eceabat Tarihe SaygI Aniti, take in the history at Gallipoli Battlefield, then contemplate the long history of Anzac Cove, and finally make a trip to Hellas Memorial.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Gallipoli online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Selcuk to Gallipoli by car takes about 6 hours. December in Gallipoli sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Edirne.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Eceabat
Highlights from your plan
Anzac Cove ©
Anzac Cove
Hellas Memorial ©
Hellas Memorial

4
nights
Edirne

Edirne ©
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Camii (in Luleburgaz), Ataturk Evi (in Kirklareli) and Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu) (in Uzunkopru). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Selimiye Mosque, appreciate the history behind Fatih Sultan Mehmet Heykeli, examine the collection at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum, and look for gifts at Edirne Saray Sekerleme.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Edirne trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Gallipoli to Edirne in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu), Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Camii, Ataturk Evi
Highlights from your plan
Selimiye Mosque ©
Selimiye Mosque
Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum ©
Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum
Meric River Bridge ©
Meric River Bridge

7
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
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 museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul day trip website .

You can drive from Edirne to Istanbul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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