39 days in Turkey Itinerary

39 days in Turkey Itinerary

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39 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  25 h
1
Urgup
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Guzelyurt
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Antalya
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Selcuk
— 6 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
7
Gallipoli
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Edirne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Istanbul
— 8 nights
Fly:  22 h 15 min
End: Sydney

5
nights
Urgup

Urgup ©
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Go for a jaunt from Urgup to Derinkuyu to see Kaymakli Underground City about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, get engrossed in the history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, and get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Urgup itinerary planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to Urgup is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sydney to Urgup, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in August, plan for much warmer days in Urgup, with highs around 38°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Goreme, Uchisar, Kaymakli Underground City, Guray Museum
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

3
nights
Guzelyurt

Guzelyurt ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Uzumlu Kilise, & more).

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Guzelyurt attractions planner.

You can drive from Urgup to Guzelyurt in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Derinkuyu
Highlights from your plan
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Selime Monastery ©
Selime Monastery
Ihlara Valley ©
Ihlara Valley

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Antalya side-trips: Kleopatra Beach (in Alanya), Phaselis (in Tekirova) and Side (Ancient Theater, Temple of Apollo, & more). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Kaleici, take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Antalya trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Guzelyurt to Antalya. In September in Antalya, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Manavgat, Phaselis, Kleopatra Beach
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo
Phaselis ©
Phaselis
Kaleici ©
Kaleici

2
nights
Oludeniz

Oludeniz ©
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Saklikent Milli Parki and then stroll through The Lycian Way.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Oludeniz online attractions planner .

You can drive from Antalya to Oludeniz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Antalya in September, plan for little chillier nights in Oludeniz, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Fethiye
Highlights from your plan
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Babadag ©
Babadag
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
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.
Pamukkale is known for nature, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Head underground at Kaklik Cave, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and head outdoors with Pamukkale Balloons.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale planner .

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

6
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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, theme parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, and explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

2
nights
Gallipoli

Gallipoli ©
The Gallipoli peninsula is located in the southern part of East Thrace, the European part of Turkey, with the Aegean Sea to the west and the Dardanelles strait to the east.Gallipoli is the Italian form of the Greek name "Καλλίπολις" (Kallípolis), meaning "Beautiful City", the original name of the modern town of Gelibolu. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Fransiz Mezarligi and then take in the history at Gallipoli National Park. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi, take in the history at Gallipoli Battlefield, then steep yourself in history at Anzac Cove, and finally don't miss a visit to Hellas Memorial.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Gallipoli trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Selcuk to Gallipoli in 6 hours. Traveling from Selcuk in September, you will find days in Gallipoli are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Edirne.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gallipoli Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Anzac Cove ©
Anzac Cove
Hellas Memorial ©
Hellas Memorial

3
nights
Edirne

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. Change things up with a short trip to Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu) in Uzunkopru (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Selimiye Mosque, steep yourself in history at Beyazit II Mosque Complex, pause for some photo ops at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Heykeli, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Dar-ul Hadis Camii.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Edirne tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Gallipoli to Edirne takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu)
Highlights from your plan
Selimiye Mosque ©
Selimiye Mosque
Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum ©
Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum
Meric River Bridge ©
Meric River Bridge

8
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
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 museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Edirne to Istanbul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Istanbul are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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