36 days in Turkey Itinerary

36 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Istanbul
— 10 nights
Drive
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Edirne
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ankara
— 5 nights
Bus
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 6 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 4 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 5 nights
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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 striking features of Hagia Sophia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul journey planner.

Sydney, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in November: highs in Istanbul hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Edirne.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Edirne

— 4 nights
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. Edirne is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Selimiye Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Edirne Buyuk Sinagogu, examine the collection at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum, and take in the views from Meric River Bridge.

Before you visit Edirne, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Istanbul to Edirne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Ankara.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Ankara

— 5 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, get a sense of history and politics at Yargitay, learn more about the world around you at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeri Artist.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ankara holiday planning app.

You can fly from Edirne to Ankara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Goreme: Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, stop by Alaturca Taner, and take in the dramatic natural features at Love Valley.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Goreme tour itinerary planning app.

You can take a bus from Ankara to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ankara in December since evenings lows in Goreme dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Pamukkale

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Pamukkale: Tripolis Antik Kenti (in Denizli) and Aphrodisias (in Geyre). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Pamukkale trip maker tool.

You can fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Selcuk

— 5 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.
Step out of Selcuk with an excursion to KocarlI Cihanoglu Kulliyesi in Aydin--about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Selcuk road trip planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 3°C at night. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.