32 days in Turkey Itinerary

32 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Edirne
— 1 night
Drive
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Istanbul
— 10 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
Bus
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Ankara
— 9 nights
Fly
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Selcuk
— 4 nights
Bus
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Edirne

— 1 night
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 15th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eski Cami, then admire the striking features of Selimiye Mosque, then admire the striking features of Uc Serefeli Camii, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dar-ul Hadis Camii. On the next day, examine the collection at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum, take a stroll through Karaagac, and then snap pictures at Meric River Bridge.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Edirne day trip tool.

Istanbul to Edirne is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Istanbul

— 10 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: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Edirne to Istanbul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. March in Istanbul sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · 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 Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu, approximately Derinkuyu away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, make a trip to Pasabag, and explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in March, Goreme is little chillier at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Ankara

— 9 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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bestepe Millet Camii, admire the striking features of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii), and get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ankara vacation maker site.

Getting from Goreme to Ankara by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Goreme in March: highs in Ankara hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to fly to Selcuk.

Things to do in Ankara

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · 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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. 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), contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, and wander the streets of Sirince Koyu.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Selcuk road trip planning website.

Getting from Ankara to Selcuk by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Ankara in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Selcuk, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the next day, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Pamukkale travel planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Turkey travel guide

4.4
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.

Ankara Province travel guide

3.7
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Natural History Museums
The vast plains of Ankara Province are home to the nation's capital, the bustling city of Ankara. Ankara serves as the country's political and commercial center, largely because of its crucial historical position as a crossroads between Turkey's highway and railway networks. The province thrives on its famed Angora goats, cats, rabbits, wool, pears, honey, and Muscat grapes. Visitors have a wealth of things to do and see, including museums, parks, shopping, archaeological sites, mosques, and modern monuments. Amid the government buildings, opera houses, and concert halls, admire the small houses stacked along the hillsides, hiding stories of the bustling province's humble origins.