33 days in Turkey Itinerary

33 days in Turkey Itinerary

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33 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kelowna
Fly + Drive:  22​h 30​min
1
Edirne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Gallipoli
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Selcuk
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Guzelyurt
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Urgup
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Istanbul
— 8 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Kelowna

3
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 Ataturk Evi (in Kirklareli) and Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu) (in Uzunkopru). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Selimiye Mosque, see the interesting displays at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum, stop by Edirne Saray Sekerleme, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eski Cami.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Edirne road trip app .

Kelowna, Canada to Edirne is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Kelowna to Edirne due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu), 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

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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi, pause for some photo ops at Gallipoli National Park, and then pause for some photo ops at Eceabat Tarihe SaygI Aniti. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness the site of a historic battle at Gallipoli Battlefield, then contemplate the long history of Anzac Cove, and then make a trip to Hellas Memorial.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Gallipoli trip builder app .

Getting from Edirne to Gallipoli by car takes about 2.5 hours. March in Gallipoli sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

6
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.
When in Selcuk, make a side trip to see Magnesia Antik Kenti in Germencik, approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, examine the collection at TCDD Tren Muzesi, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and stop by Celsus Ceramic.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip planner .

Getting from Gallipoli to Selcuk by car takes about 6 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Magnesia Antik Kenti
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

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, parks, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, and explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pamukkale trip builder .

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Balloon Rides

3
nights
Guzelyurt

Guzelyurt ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Guzelyurt: Derinkuyu (Uzumlu Kilise, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, & more).

Start your trip to Guzelyurt by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Guzelyurt in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Urgup.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Derinkuyu
Highlights from your plan
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Selime Monastery ©
Selime Monastery
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery ©
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery

6
nights
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.
Urgup is known for nature, historic sites, museums, classes, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Urgup driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Guzelyurt to Urgup in 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Goreme, Uchisar, Avanos, Ortahisar Abdioglu Camii
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

8
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: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul holiday maker website .

Getting from Urgup to Istanbul by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Urgup in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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