33 days in Turkey Itinerary

33 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Gaziantep
— 2 nights
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Ankara
— 3 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
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Manavgat
— 2 nights
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Antalya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cirali
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marmaris
— 2 nights
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Istanbul
— 7 nights
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Gaziantep

— 2 nights
A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Burc Tabiat Parki. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Gaziantep Museum of Archaelogy, delve into the distant past at Zeugma Mosaic Museum, and then look for gifts at Bakircilar Carsisi.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Gaziantep trip maker website.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Gaziantep is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Turkey Time is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November, expect Gaziantep to be colder, temps between 20°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Ankara.

Things to do in Gaziantep

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Ankara

— 3 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.
Visit Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii) and Tacettin Sultan Cami for their historical value. For shopping fun, head to 8 Hubb Art Gallery or Pia Stop-coffee.shoes.accessories. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Ulucanlar Prison Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hamamonu Restored Area, take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, and get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ankara trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Gaziantep to Ankara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Gaziantep in November, expect nights in Ankara to be a bit warmer, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri and Sultan Carpet. Get a sense of the local culture at Goreme National Park and Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Love Valley, step into the grandiose world of Uchisar Castle, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take an in-depth tour of Zelve Open Air Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme vacation builder.

Take a bus from Ankara to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Ankara in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Goreme, with highs around 16°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Manavgat.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Manavgat

— 2 nights
Nestled between the Taurus Mountains and the sun-kissed beaches of the Mediterranean coastline, Manavgat serves as a regional center of tourism, offering easy access to a long stretch of sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Aspendos Ruins, delve into the distant past at Aspendos Ruins and Theater, and then ponder the design of Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Side Museum, delve into the distant past at Ancient Theater, and then explore the ancient world of Side Antik Kenti.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Manavgat trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Manavgat in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in November, expect Manavgat to be somewhat warmer, temps between 25°C and 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Manavgat

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Antalya

— 3 nights
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Step out of the city life by going to Konyaalti Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Popular historic sites such as Göynük Köyü Mer. Cami and Perge Ancient City are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Carya Golf Club (in Belek) and Phaselis (in Tekirova). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, and go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Antalya tour planner.

Drive from Manavgat to Antalya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Antalya can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cirali.

Things to do in Antalya

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Cirali

— 2 nights
A charming holiday destination, Cirali offers natural beaches and the iconic Flame of Chimera.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): kick back and relax at Cirali Beach and then explore the ancient world of Olympos Archeological Site. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Chimaera and then kick back and relax at Adrasan Sahili.

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

Drive from Antalya to Cirali in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Cirali

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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.
On the 6th (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip planner.

Drive from Cirali to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

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.
Popular historic sites such as Heracles Gate and Ancient City of Ephesus are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Trajan's Fountain and Ayasoluk Castle. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Temple of Hadrian, contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, and get a dose of the wild on Troy Tours.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk vacation tool.

Getting from Pamukkale to Selcuk by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Selcuk can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Marmaris.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Marmaris

— 2 nights
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Marmaris Museum, kick back and relax at Icmeler Beach, and then stop by Kurt Jewellery. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Siteler Sirinyer Cami, contemplate the waterfront views at Dalyan Nehri, and then boost your wellbeing at Dalyan Mud Bath.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Marmaris trip planning site.

You can drive from Selcuk to Marmaris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Selcuk in December; daily highs in Marmaris reach 19°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Istanbul

— 7 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.
Visit Hagia Sophia Mosque and Basilica Cistern for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Chora Museum. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Little Hagia Sophia.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Marmaris to Istanbul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Marmaris in December, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

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Ruins · Architectural Buildings · 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.