39 days in Turkey Itinerary

39 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe sightseeing planner

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Istanbul
— 6 nights
Drive
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Edirne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ankara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Derinkuyu, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Urgup, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Guzelyurt, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kusadasi
— 3 nights
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Izmir
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cesme
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marmaris
— 2 nights
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Dalyan
— 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul online road trip planner.

Houston, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Houston to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Houston, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Edirne.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Edirne

— 2 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 landmark architecture of Selimiye Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eski Cami, stop by Renk Mis Sabun, and snap pictures at Meric River Bridge.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Edirne online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Edirne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Ankara.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Spas

Ankara

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hamamonu Restored Area, pause for some photo ops at Equestrian Statue of Kemal Ataturk, then don't miss a visit to Roman Wall, and finally admire the striking features of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii).

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ankara trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Edirne to Ankara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Ankara are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Derinkuyu.

Things to do in Ankara

Historic Sites · Museums

Derinkuyu, Cappadocia

— 3 nights
Derinkuyu is a town and district of Nevşehir Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey. Step out of Derinkuyu with an excursion to Sultan SazlIgI Bird Sanctuary in Ovaciftlikkoy--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Theodore Church, walk around HakkI Atamutlu Kultur Parki, and make a trip to Kaymakli Underground City.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Derinkuyu tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ankara to Derinkuyu in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Ankara in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Derinkuyu, with highs around 12°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around -1°C. You will leave for Goreme on the 3rd (Wed).

Things to do in Derinkuyu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): soar above the sights with a balloon tour. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Goreme online route maker.

Traveling by car from Derinkuyu to Goreme takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Goreme sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Urgup.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Urgup, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): appreciate the views at Red Valley, then learn about winemaking at Turasan Sarapcilik, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and finally look for gifts at Antikite Ottoman. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Temenni Tepesi - Wish Hill, don't miss a visit to Pasabag, then see the interesting displays at Cappadocia Art & History Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Mazi Yeralti Sehri.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Urgup trip planner.

Urgup is just a stone's throw from Goreme. In March in Urgup, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Guzelyurt, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
On the 7th (Sun), get the lay of the land with Lanora Tours, steep yourself in history at Sivisli Church, and then steep yourself in history at Guzelyurt Valley Monastery. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Ihlara Valley, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kilise Camii, and then make a trip to Yeraltı Şehri.

To find out how to plan a trip to Guzelyurt, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Urgup to Guzelyurt in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Pamukkale

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): visit Karahayit, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip tool.

You can drive from Guzelyurt to Pamukkale in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Selcuk

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, then examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, then cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, and finally take a stroll through Sirince Koyu. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, delve into the distant past at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally explore the ancient world of Public Latrine.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk trip planner.

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 5°C. On the 13th (Sat), you're off to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Kusadasi

— 3 nights
Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
Get out of town with these interesting Kusadasi side-trips: Altinkum Beach (in Altinkum) and Didim (Temple of Apollo & Miletus). There's still lots to do: stop by Kusadasi Leather, kick back and relax at Ladies Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get outside with Cave Zeus.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kusadasi online trip builder.

Kusadasi is just a short distance from Selcuk. Traveling from Selcuk to Kusadasi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kusadasi when traveling from Selcuk in March, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Izmir

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
On the 17th (Wed), take a leisurely stroll along Kordonboyu, then don't miss a visit to Tarihi Asansor, then make a trip to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), and finally look for gifts at Has Deri Leather Shop. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Agora Open Air Museum and then stroll around Izmir Wild Life Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Izmir trip builder website.

You can drive from Kusadasi to Izmir in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kusadasi to Izmir due to the time zone difference. In March, Izmir is a bit cooler than Kusadasi - with highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cesme.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Cesme

— 3 nights
The ancient coastal town of Cesme has managed to preserve its natural beauty, even after many years as one of the most popular beach resorts in Turkey's Aegean Region.
Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Alacati Yel Degirmenleri Parki, learn about winemaking at Gemici Winery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ilica Plaji, and finally examine the collection at Cesme Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cesme online trip maker.

Getting from Izmir to Cesme by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Izmir to Cesme. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Izmir in March, with highs in Cesme at 18°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Cesme

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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.
On the 21st (Sun), see Off-Road Tours, then stop by Homemade By Rachel, Marmaris, and then stroll through Marmaris Beach. On your second day here, take a stroll through Datca Peninsula and then contemplate the waterfront views at Dalyan Nehri.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Marmaris trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Cesme to Marmaris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. In March in Marmaris, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Dalyan.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Dalyan

— 3 nights
Although it once seemed destined to become a stereotypical coastal resort, Dalyan remains unspoiled by commercial tourism because of its location within an environmentally protected area.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dalyan: Fethiye Kalesi (in Fethiye) and Oludeniz (Oludeniz PlajI & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dalyan Cami, look for all kinds of wild species at Dalyan Special Environmental Protection Area, view the masterpieces at Dalyan Spirit Gift&Speciality Shop, and explore the ancient world of Kaunos.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Dalyan trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Dalyan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Dalyan can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Dalyan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.5
History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.