35 days in Turkey Itinerary

35 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey visit planner

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1
Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly
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Marmaris
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Selcuk
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
5
Cirali
— 1 night
Drive
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Antalya
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manavgat
— 3 nights
Fly
8
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
Drive
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Konya
— 1 night
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10
Ankara
— 4 nights
Fly
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Gaziantep
— 3 nights
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Istanbul

— 6 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Galata Tower. Explore hidden gems such as Rahmi M. Koc Museum and Beylerbeyi Sarayı (TBMM-Milli Saraylar). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online day trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -5 hour difference. When traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November, plan for colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 17°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Marmaris.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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 25th (Thu): test the waters at Dalyan Mud Bath and then explore the activities along Dalyan Nehri. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Marmaris Museum, look for gifts at Trust Gold & Diamond Jewellery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Icmeler Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Siteler Sirinyer Cami.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Marmaris road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Marmaris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul in November, you will find days in Marmaris are a bit warmer (25°C), and nights are slightly colder (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Heracles Gate and Public Latrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Trajan's Fountain and Temple of Hadrian. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of Baths of Varius, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, and stop by La Tulip Art Gallery.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Marmaris in November, expect Selcuk to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Pamukkale

— 1 night

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 1st (Wed), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale day trip planning tool.

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 to Cirali.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Cirali

— 1 night
A charming holiday destination, Cirali offers natural beaches and the iconic Flame of Chimera.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the ancient world of Olympos Archeological Site and then kick back and relax at Cirali Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cirali trip itinerary website.

Getting from Pamukkale to Cirali by car takes about 4.5 hours. December in Cirali sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Cirali

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Antalya

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Göynük Köyü Mer. Cami and Hadrian's Gate. Step off the beaten path and head to Konyaalti Beach and Carya Golf Club. Explore Antalya's surroundings by going to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Kemer) and Phaselis (in Tekirova). There's much more to do: browse the different shops at TerraCity, take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, browse the range of quality goods at Balon Park, and see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Antalya trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cirali to Antalya takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manavgat.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Manavgat

— 3 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.
Visit Aspendos Ruins and Theater and Aspendos Ruins for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum) and Side Antik Kenti. Explore Manavgat's surroundings by going to Alanya (Kizilkule & Alanya Kalesi). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Side Museum and delve into the distant past at Ancient Theater.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Manavgat itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Antalya to Manavgat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Manavgat can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Manavgat

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri and Red Valley. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Goreme National Park and Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Zelve Open Air Museum, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, explore the historical opulence of Uchisar Castle, and soar above the sights with Royal Balloon.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Goreme day trip planning app.

Fly from Manavgat to Goreme in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Manavgat in December, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 6°C by day to -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Konya.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Konya

— 1 night

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at İstiklal Harbi Şehitleri Abidesi, take an in-depth tour of Mevlana Muzesi, then take an in-depth tour of Konyanuma Panorama Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ates Baz-i Veli Turbesi.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Konya journey site.

You can drive from Goreme to Konya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Konya sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Ankara.

Things to do in Konya

Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii) and Tacettin Sultan Cami. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi and Erimtan Arkeoloji ve Sanat Muzesi. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Ulucanlar Prison Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Hamamonu Restored Area, stop by Pia Stop-coffee.shoes.accessories, and explore the ancient world of Roman Wall.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ankara travel planner.

Getting from Konya to Ankara by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Konya in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ankara, with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to Gaziantep.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Gaziantep

— 3 nights
A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): stop by Bakircilar Carsisi, browse the eclectic array of goods at Elmaci Pazari, and then admire the masterpieces at Zeugma Mosaic Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burc Tabiat Parki.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Gaziantep trip planning site.

Fly from Ankara to Gaziantep in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ankara in December, expect nights in Gaziantep to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Gaziantep

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · 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.