42 days in Turkey Itinerary

42 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
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Ankara
— 4 nights
Bus
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 6 nights
Drive
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Adana
— 4 nights
Fly to Antalya International Airport, Drive to Manavgat
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Manavgat
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 2 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
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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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, don't miss a visit to Ahielvan Cami, ponder the world of politics at Yargitay, and see the interesting displays at Hava Kuvvetleri Muzesi.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ankara trip planner.

Berlin, Germany to Ankara is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
Explore Goreme's surroundings by going to Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, Head underground at Uchisar Castle, see Off-Road Tours, and get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme driving holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Ankara to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ankara in April: highs in Goreme hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Adana.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Adana

— 4 nights
Adana is a major city in southern Turkey. Get out of town with these interesting Adana side-trips: Tarsus (Old Tarsus Houses, Eski Cami, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sabanci Merkez Camii, snap pictures at Varda(Alman) Koprusu, admire the engineering at Eski Baraj, and explore the stunning scenery at Kapikaya Canyon.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Adana travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Goreme to Adana in 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Goreme in April, with highs in Adana at 28°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Manavgat.

Things to do in Adana

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Manavgat

— 4 nights
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.
Explore Manavgat's surroundings by going to Antalya (Lower Duden Waterfalls, Kaleici, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Apollo, delve into the distant past at Ancient Theater, find something for the whole family at Hip-Notics Cable Ski, and see the interesting displays at Side Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Manavgat road trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Adana to Manavgat. In April, daytime highs in Manavgat are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Manavgat

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas · Baths

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read Pamukkale trip itinerary app.

Drive from Manavgat to Pamukkale in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of Heracles Gate, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, and admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Selcuk are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

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. On the 6th (Thu), witness the site of a historic battle at Gallipoli National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Seyit Onbasi Monument, witness the site of a historic battle at Gallipoli Battlefield, then contemplate the long history of Anzac Cove, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azaplar Camii.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Gallipoli planner.

Drive from Selcuk to Gallipoli in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Selcuk in May, expect nights in Gallipoli to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Edirne.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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: admire the landmark architecture of Selimiye Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dar-ul Hadis Camii, steep yourself in history at Beyazit II Mosque Complex, and see the interesting displays at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Edirne itinerary planner.

You can drive from Gallipoli to Edirne in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.
On the 21st (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

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Traveling by car from Edirne to Istanbul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. May in Istanbul sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

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.