31 days in Turkey Itinerary

31 days in Turkey Itinerary

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31 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + Train:  15 h 45 min
1
Selcuk
— 8 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Istanbul
— 13 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
4
Urgup
— 6 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Bengaluru

8
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ancient City of Ephesus and Keci Kalesi. Museum-lovers will get to explore Maket Koy and Selcuk Efes Kent Bellegi-History Museum. Take a break from Selcuk with a short trip to Magnesia Antik Kenti in Germencik, about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, steep yourself in history at Public Latrine, and see the interesting displays at TCDD Tren Muzesi.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Selcuk trip itinerary maker app.

Bengaluru, India to Selcuk is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In March, Selcuk is much colder than Bengaluru - with highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Magnesia Antik Kenti
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Public Latrine ©
Public Latrine

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale travel planner.

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

13
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.
Get some historical perspective at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Galata Tower. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and identify plant and animal life at Polonezkoy Tabiat Parki.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Istanbul online travel planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. March in Istanbul sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

6
nights
Urgup

Urgup ©
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Let the collections at Goreme Open-Air Museum and Guray Museum capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Goreme National Park and Keslik Monastery are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Urgup: Gore Harabeleri (in Gore), Kayaardi Baglari (in Nigde) and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri (in Derinkuyu). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Damsa Baraji, learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, head off-road at local off-road trails, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Urgup, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Istanbul to Urgup by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in March, plan for little chillier nights in Urgup, with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Goreme, Gore Harabeleri, Kocabag Winery, Guray Museum, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
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Damsa Baraji ©
Damsa Baraji
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Gore Harabeleri ©
Gore Harabeleri

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