32 days in Turkey Itinerary

32 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
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Ankara
— 4 nights
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Selcuk
— 4 nights
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
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Gallipoli
— 2 nights
Drive
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Edirne
— 4 nights
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Istanbul
— 9 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Goreme side-trips: Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, and steep yourself in history at Goreme Open-Air Museum.

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

Cairo, Egypt to Goreme is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairo in April: highs in Goreme hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, learn more about the world around you at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, and view the masterpieces at Galeri Artist.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ankara itinerary planning site.

You can take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Goreme in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Ankara, with highs around 21°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Selcuk.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
Take a break from Selcuk with a short trip to Magnesia Antik Kenti in Germencik, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque, and examine the collection at Ephesus Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Selcuk trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Ankara to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ankara in May, you will find days in Selcuk are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are slightly colder (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Outdoors

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. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip planner.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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. On the 17th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Gallipoli National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Seyit Onbasi Monument, take in the history at Gallipoli Battlefield, then contemplate the long history of Anzac Cove, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azaplar Camii.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gallipoli online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Gallipoli takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Edirne.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Edirne

— 4 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. Edirne is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Selimiye Mosque, examine the collection at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eski Cami, and steep yourself in history at Beyazit II Mosque Complex.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Edirne itinerary planner.

Getting from Gallipoli to Edirne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Istanbul.

Things to do in Edirne

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Istanbul

— 9 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, admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Istanbul attractions planner.

You can drive from Edirne to Istanbul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Istanbul are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly 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.