41 days in Turkey Itinerary

41 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 8 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 6 nights
Bus
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Ankara
— 4 nights
Fly
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Oludeniz
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kekova
— 2 nights
Drive
6
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
— 6 nights
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Istanbul

— 8 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip website.

Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Standard Time to Turkey Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Karachi in October, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Goreme side-trips: Derinkuyu (Kaymakli Underground City & Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri). There's much more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, step into the grandiose world of Uchisar Castle, take a pleasant ride with Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, and take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Istanbul in October: highs in Goreme hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ankara

— 4 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, take in the exciting artwork at Galeri Artist, don't miss a visit to Musa aga camii, and admire the striking features of Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii).

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ankara online journey maker.

Take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Goreme in October, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Ankara: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Oludeniz

— 4 nights
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Change things up with a short trip to Saklikent Milli Parki in Fethiye (about 56 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI, take a leisurely stroll along Fethiye Port, test your problem-solving skills at Hotel Room Escape, and hike along The Lycian Way.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Oludeniz trip planner.

Getting from Ankara to Oludeniz by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Ankara in October, expect nights in Oludeniz to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are much hotter, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kekova.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Kekova

— 2 nights
Kekova, also named Caravola, is a small Turkish island near Demre district of Antalya province which faces the villages of Kaleköy and Üçağız . Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): head off the coast to Island of Kekova and then explore the ancient world of Sunken City Ruins of Simena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Tersane Koyu and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kekova trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Oludeniz to Kekova in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Kekova

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

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.
Pamukkale is known for nature, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, push the limits with an extreme tour, and stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pamukkale itinerary planner.

Drive from Kekova to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

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.
When in Selcuk, make a side trip to see Magnesia Antik Kenti in Germencik, approximately Germencik away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, and delve into the distant past at Temple of Hadrian.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Selcuk can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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 12th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gallipoli National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Eceabat Tarihe SaygI Aniti, contemplate the long history of Anzac Cove, make a trip to Hellas Memorial, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Azaplar Camii.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Gallipoli trip site.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Gallipoli takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Edirne.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Edirne

— 6 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edirne: Ataturk Evi (in Kirklareli), Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Camii (in Luleburgaz) and Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu) (in Uzunkopru). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Selimiye Mosque, explore the wide array of goods at Renk Mis Sabun, take in the views from Meric River Bridge, and buy something for everyone on your list at Selimiye Arasta Carsisi.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Edirne trip planner.

Drive from Gallipoli to Edirne in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Turkey travel guide

4.3
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · 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.