38 days in Turkey Itinerary

38 days in Turkey Itinerary

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38 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Bus:  15 h 30 min
1
Ankara
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
2
Goreme
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Konya
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
4
Manavgat
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Antalya
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Kas
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Fethiye
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Bodrum City
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  16 h
End: Toronto

4
nights
Ankara

Ankara ©
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.
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi and Hamamonu Restored Area are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi and State Railways Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Ankara with an excursion to Turkish Hamam Museum in Beypazari--about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii), take in the exciting artwork at Galeri Siyah Beyaz, admire the landmark architecture of Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii), and shop like a local with Altindag Belediyesi Sanat Galerisi.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ankara visit planner .

Toronto, Canada to Ankara is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Toronto to Ankara. Traveling from Toronto in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ankara, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Turkish Hamam Museum
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Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi ©
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi
Hamamonu Restored Area ©
Hamamonu Restored Area
Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii) ©

3
nights
Goreme

Goreme ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Zelve Open Air Museum and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cappadocia Cave Dwellings and Pasabag. And it doesn't end there: stop by Cavusin Seramik, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Goreme trip maker tool .

You can take a bus from Ankara to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Ankara in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Goreme, with highs around 16°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Konya.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urgup, Nevsehir, Uchisar Castle, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Highlights from your plan
Zelve Open Air Museum ©
Zelve Open Air Museum
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

4
nights
Konya

Konya ©
The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
You'll explore and learn at Ataturk House Museum and Koyunoglu Museum. Tarihi Arasta Carsisi and Karaman Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Konya to go to Sultanhani and see Sultanhanı Kervansarayı, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden, contemplate the long history of Meram Baglari, browse the exhibits of Mevlana Muzesi, and get engrossed in the history at Nasrettin Hoca Ethnography & Archaeology Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Konya vacation planner .

You can drive from Goreme to Konya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Manavgat.

Things to do in Konya

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Karaman Museum, Tarihi Arasta Carsisi, Sultanhanı Kervansarayı
Highlights from your plan
Mevlana Muzesi ©
Mevlana Muzesi
Koyunoglu Museum ©
Koyunoglu Museum
Eregli Museum ©
Eregli Museum

2
nights
Manavgat

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Ancient Theater, examine the collection at Side Museum, then don't miss a visit to Vespasianus Aniti, and finally take a stroll through Aspendos Ruins and Theater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Bizans Hastanesi, then ponder the design of Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum), then browse the different shops at Dickman Textile, and finally contemplate the long history of Phaselis.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Manavgat trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Konya to Manavgat in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Konya in December, expect nights in Manavgat to be somewhat warmer, around 7°C, while days are much hotter, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Manavgat

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Phaselis, Aspendos Ruins and Theater
Highlights from your plan
Side Museum ©
Side Museum
Aspendos Ruins and Theater ©
Aspendos Ruins and Theater
Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum) ©
Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum)

5
nights
Antalya

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 Cirali Beach and Olympos Ruins. Appreciate the collections at Red Tower and Antalya Muzesi. Explore Antalya's surroundings by going to Alanya LimanI (in Alanya) and Sillyon Antik kenti (in Serik). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Termessos Ruins, take in panoramic vistas at Antalya Saat Kulesi, take in the dramatic scenery at Kursunlu Waterfalls, and steep yourself in history at Hadrian's Gate.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Antalya journey website .

Drive from Manavgat to Antalya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Antalya, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Kas.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Alanya, Olympos Ruins, Sillyon Antik kenti, Cirali Beach
Highlights from your plan
Perge Ancient City ©
Perge Ancient City
Cirali Beach ©
Cirali Beach
Olympos Ruins ©
Olympos Ruins

5
nights
Kas

Kas ©
An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Get a sense of the local culture at Patara Antik Kenti and Church of St. Nicholas. Discover out-of-the-way places like Patara Plajı and Kekova Sound. Get out of town with these interesting Kas side-trips: Xanthos Antik Kenti (in Kalkan) and Demre (Kale) (Myra Antik Kenti & Rock tombs in Myra). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Big Pebble Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaputas Beach, and view the masterpieces at Tugra Art Gallery.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kas day trip app .

Traveling by car from Antalya to Kas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Kas, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Demre (Kale), Patara, Xanthos Antik Kenti
Highlights from your plan
Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Patara Antik Kenti ©
Patara Antik Kenti
Church of St. Nicholas ©
Church of St. Nicholas

5
nights
Fethiye

Fethiye ©
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Step off the beaten path and head to Old Town and Lycian Rock Tombs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kaunos and Caunos Tombs of the Kings. Get out of town with these interesting Fethiye side-trips: Babadag (in Oludeniz), Marmaris (Dalyan Nehri & Marmaris Museum) and Dalyan Cami (in Dalyan). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, pause for some photo ops at Tayyareci Fethi Bey Aniti, look for gifts at Trust Gold & Diamonds, and mingle with the ghosts of the past at Kayakoy.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fethiye vacation site .

Drive from Kas to Fethiye in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Fethiye can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Fethiye

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Marmaris, Dalyan, Trust Gold & Diamonds, Babadag
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Kaunos ©
Kaunos
Lycian Rock Tombs ©
Lycian Rock Tombs

5
nights
Bodrum City

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Get some cultural insight at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology and Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Let the collections at Castle of St. Peter and Mine Sanat Galerisi capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Bodrum City: Dilek National Park (in Guzelcamli), Didim (Miletus & Temple of Apollo) and Priene Antik Kenti (in Gullubahce). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Knidos, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, browse the different shops at Avenue Bodrum, and contemplate the long history of Myndos Gate.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bodrum City day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Fethiye to Bodrum City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Fethiye in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Bodrum City. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Didim, Dilek National Park, Priene Antik Kenti, Knidos, Yalikavak Marina
Highlights from your plan
Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology ©
Priene Antik Kenti ©
Priene Antik Kenti
Knidos ©
Knidos

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ephesus Museum and The Basilica of Saint John. Discover out-of-the-way places like Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu and Public Latrine. Take a break from Selcuk with a short trip to Uzun CarsI in Nazilli, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, take a stroll through Sirince Koyu, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aziz Dimitros Kilisesi.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk travel route planner.

Getting from Bodrum City to Selcuk by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bodrum City in December, with highs in Selcuk at 15°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Sirince, Uzun CarsI
Highlights from your plan
Ephesus Museum ©
Ephesus Museum
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu
Ephesus Terrace Houses
Ephesus Terrace Houses

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