32 days in Turkey Itinerary

32 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey travel planner

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 8 nights
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Istanbul
— 11 nights
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Oren
— 1 night
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Selcuk
— 7 nights
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 8 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 some cultural insight at Goreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Alaturca Taner and La Maison du Kilim. Change things up with these side-trips from Goreme: Selime Monastery (in Guzelyurt), Kayaardi Baglari (in Nigde) and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri (in Derinkuyu). Next up on the itinerary: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the striking landscape at Peri Bacalari, explore the galleries of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Goreme is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Jakarta to Goreme due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Jakarta in March; daily highs in Goreme reach 16°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Istanbul

— 11 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bentler Tabiat Parki and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Taksim Square are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, explore the galleries of Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip app.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Goreme in March since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Oren.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Parks

Oren

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get outside with Martin Lounge.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Oren online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Oren takes 4 hours. When traveling from Istanbul in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Oren, with highs around 18°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Oren

Outdoors

Selcuk

— 7 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.
Visit Ancient City of Ephesus and Temple of Hadrian for their historical value. Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and Heracles Gate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, see the interesting displays at TCDD Tren Muzesi, delve into the distant past at Baths of Varius, and look for gifts at Sultan Carpet and Kilim.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Selcuk road trip planning site.

You can drive from Oren to Selcuk in 3 hours. In March in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy unforgettable views with Pamukkale Balloons, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.