36 days in Turkey Itinerary

36 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Drive
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
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Manavgat
— 3 nights
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Antalya
— 6 nights
Drive
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Cirali
— 1 night
Drive to Antalya International Airport, Fly to Gaziantep International Airport
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Gaziantep
— 4 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
Bus
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Ankara
— 3 nights
Train
8
Eskisehir
— 2 nights
Drive
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Edirne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Istanbul
— 7 nights
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Pamukkale

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 7th (Sat), push the limits with an extreme tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then do a tasting at Pamukkale Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip maker site.

Izmir to Pamukkale is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Manavgat.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

Side Trip

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nights
Manavgat

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ancient Theater and Aspendos Ruins and Theater. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum) and Alanya Kalesi. When in Manavgat, make a side trip to see Kizilkule in Alanya, approximately Alanya away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Side Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manavgat Mosque, test the waters at Q Spa & Wellness, and don't miss a visit to Vespasianus Aniti.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Manavgat trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Manavgat takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Manavgat

Historic Sites · Museums · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

6
nights
Antalya

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carya Golf Club and Perge Ancient City. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Antalya Muzesi and Kaleici. Get out of town with these interesting Antalya side-trips: Beldibi Yeni Merkez Cami (in Beldibi), Phaselis (in Tekirova) and Göynük Köyü Mer. Cami (in Goynuk). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Konyaalti Beach, explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate, browse the different shops at TerraCity, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Antalya road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manavgat to Antalya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in November, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cirali.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Golf · Parks

Side Trips

1
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Cirali

A charming holiday destination, Cirali offers natural beaches and the iconic Flame of Chimera.
On the 18th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Olympos Ruins and then kick back and relax at Cirali Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cirali journey maker app.

Getting from Antalya to Cirali by car takes about 1.5 hours. November in Cirali sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gaziantep.

Things to do in Cirali

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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Gaziantep

A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
Explore hidden gems such as Zeugma Mosaic Museum and Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Balikligol and Kurtulus Cami Mosque. Change things up with a short trip to Halil Ul Rahman Mosque in Sanliurfa (about 1h 55 min away). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Bakircilar Carsisi, see the interesting displays at Ali Ihsan Gogus Muzesi ve Gaziantep Arastirmalari Merkezi, explore the historical opulence of Gaziantep Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omeriye Mosque.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gaziantep vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cirali to Gaziantep. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cirali in November; daily highs in Gaziantep reach 20°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Goreme.

Things to do in Gaziantep

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Zelve Open Air Museum and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) and Turasan Sarapcilik. Step out of Goreme with an excursion to Kaymakli Underground City in Derinkuyu--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, examine the collection at Guray Museum, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, and take in the dramatic natural features at Love Valley.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Goreme road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gaziantep to Goreme takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November, Goreme is little chillier than Gaziantep - with highs of 16°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Ankara

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi and Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ulucanlar Prison Museum and Hamamonu Restored Area. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii), contemplate the long history of Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi, examine the collection at Altindag Belediyesi Sair ve Yazarlar Evi, and explore the world behind art at 8 Hubb Art Gallery.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ankara day trip website.

You can take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Goreme in November: highs in Ankara hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Eskisehir.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Eskisehir

Eskişehir is a city in northwestern Turkey and the capital of the Eskişehir Province. On the 1st (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Eskisehir Kurtulus Muzesi, take in the exciting artwork at Luletasi Mehmet Bassav Kultur Sanat Evi, examine the collection at Cagdas Cam Sanatlari Muzesi, then examine the collection at Yilmaz Buyukersen Balmumu Heykeller Muzesi, and finally find something for the whole family at Sazova Park. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Kazan Tatarlari Muze Evi, examine the collection at Tayfun Talipoglu Daktilo Muzesi, then stroll around Kent Park, and finally delve into the distant past at Daglik Frigya Yazilikaya Vadisi.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Eskisehir trip simple and quick.

You can take a train from Ankara to Eskisehir in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Ankara in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Eskisehir, with highs around 15°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Edirne.

Things to do in Eskisehir

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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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. Get some cultural insight at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum and Edirne Kent Muzesi. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Selimiye Mosque and Saray Hamami. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Karaagac, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gazi Mihal Camii, steep yourself in history at Beyazit II Mosque Complex, and take in the views from Meric River Bridge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Edirne day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Eskisehir to Edirne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Edirne

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Baths

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Istanbul

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Beyoglu and Rahmi M. Koc Museum. Get some cultural insight at Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, wander the streets of Istiklal Caddesi, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Istanbul tour builder.

Traveling by car from Edirne to Istanbul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

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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.