41 days in Turkey Itinerary

41 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Train to Dorval, Bus to Montreal, Fly to Nevsehir
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
Bus
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Ankara
— 5 nights
Fly
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Antalya
— 5 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 5 nights
Drive
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Gallipoli
— 2 nights
Drive
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Edirne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Istanbul
— 10 nights
Fly

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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 5 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.
Step out of Goreme with an excursion to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Goreme Open-Air Museum, stroll through Pasabag, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip itinerary planning tool.

Ottawa, Canada to Goreme is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Turkey Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Ottawa in March, you will find days in Goreme are much warmer (16°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (1°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

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: get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, take in the spiritual surroundings of DogramacIzade Ali Sami Pasa Camii, get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, and get a sense of history and politics at Yargitay.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ankara online tour itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Goreme in March, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Ankara: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Ankara

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Antalya

— 5 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Antalya: Temple of Apollo (in Side) and Manavgat (Manavgat Mosque & Mrk. Kulliye Cami). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Kaleici, admire the landmark architecture of Yivli Minaret Mosque, take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, and take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Ankara to Antalya in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Ankara in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Antalya: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Pamukkale

— 3 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 a short trip to Tripolis Antik Kenti in Denizli (about 34 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Antalya to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, examine the collection at Camlik Locomotive Museum, get a dose of the wild on Troy Tours, and delve into the distant past at Public Latrine.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Selcuk tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Tours

Gallipoli

— 2 nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the history at Gallipoli National Park. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Seyit Onbasi Monument, witness the site of a historic battle at Gallipoli Battlefield, then steep yourself in history at Anzac Cove, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azaplar Camii.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Gallipoli trip planner.

You can drive from Selcuk to Gallipoli in 5.5 hours. While traveling from Selcuk, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Gallipoli, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Edirne.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Selimiye Mosque, snap pictures at Meric River Bridge, contemplate the long history of Beyazit II Mosque Complex, and examine the collection at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Edirne vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Gallipoli to Edirne takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

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 landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip planning website.

You can drive from Edirne to Istanbul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in March, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Turkey travel guide

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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.