44 days in Turkey Itinerary

44 days in Turkey Itinerary

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44 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  13​h
1
Istanbul
— 8 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Goreme
— 6 nights
Bus:  3​h 30​min
3
Ankara
— 5 nights
Train:  3​h
4
Konya
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h 45​min
5
Manavgat
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Antalya
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Pamukkale
— 4 nights
Bus:  3​h
8
Icmeler
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Selcuk
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Montreal, Quebec

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.
Get outdoors at Bentler Tabiat Parki and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Kids will enjoy Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultanahmet District. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Montreal, Canada to Istanbul is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Istanbul is 8 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Montreal in February: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 11°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

6
nights
Goreme

Goreme ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cappadocia Cave Dwellings and Kaymakli. Popular historic sites such as Uchisar Castle and Zelve Open Air Museum are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Goreme side-trips: Ihlara Valley (in Guzelyurt), Mount Erciyes (in Kayseri) and Derinkuyu (Uzumlu Kilise & Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri). There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Gore Harabeleri, make a trip to Kaymakli Underground City, and appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in February, Goreme is colder at night with lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Derinkuyu, Uchisar, Urgup, Nevsehir, Ortahisar Abdioglu Camii
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri

5
nights
Ankara

Ankara ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii) and Dogramacizade Ali Sami Pasa Camii. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi and Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ankara: Nur Camii (in Kirikkale) and Samarkand was the mausoleum of Sheikh Ali (in Camlidere). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hamamonu Restored Area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bestepe Millet Camii, explore the galleries of 8 Hubb Art Gallery, and learn about all things military at Anitkabir.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ankara trip planning website .

Getting from Goreme to Ankara by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Goreme in February, you will find days in Ankara are slightly colder (5°C), and nights are a bit warmer (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Konya.

Things to do in Ankara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Nur Camii, Samarkand was the mausoleum of Sheikh Ali
Highlights from your plan
Anitkabir ©
Anitkabir
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi
Hamamonu Restored Area ©
Hamamonu Restored Area

3
nights
Konya

Konya ©
The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Visit Mevlana Muzesi and Konya Kapu Cami for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Esrefoglu Mosque and Seyh Sadreddin Konevi Turbesi. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aziziye Cami, make a trip to Sille, and take an in-depth tour of Konyanuma Panorama Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Konya travel planner.

Getting from Ankara to Konya by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ankara in February, you will find days in Konya are somewhat warmer (11°C), and nights are little chillier (-2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Manavgat.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Meram, Esrefoglu Mosque, Iplikci Camii
Highlights from your plan
Mevlana Muzesi ©
Mevlana Muzesi
Esrefoglu Mosque ©
Esrefoglu Mosque
Seyh Sadreddin Konevi Turbesi ©
Seyh Sadreddin Konevi Turbesi

3
nights
Manavgat

Manavgat ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Ancient Theater and Alanya Kalesi. Get some historical perspective at Aspendos Ruins and Theater and Manavgat Mosque. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manavgat: Alanya (Alanya LimanI, Kleopatra Beach, & more). The adventure continues: ponder the design of Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum).

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Take a bus from Konya to Manavgat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Konya in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Manavgat: highs are around 19°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Manavgat

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Alanya, Aspendos Ruins and Theater
Highlights from your plan
Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater
Aspendos Ruins and Theater ©
Aspendos Ruins and Theater
Alanya Kalesi ©
Alanya Kalesi

5
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 some cultural insight at Phaselis and Termessos Ruins. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kaputas Beach and Hadrian's Gate. Explore Antalya's surroundings by going to Göynük Köyü Mer. Cami (in Goynuk) and Cirali Beach (in Cirali). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Perge Ancient City, take in the dramatic scenery at Kursunlu Waterfalls, examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, and take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Antalya attractions website .

Drive from Manavgat to Antalya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kemer, Cirali Beach
Highlights from your plan
Phaselis ©
Phaselis
Cirali Beach ©
Cirali Beach
Termessos Ruins ©
Termessos Ruins

4
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.
Get outdoors at Hierapolis and Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Aphrodisias and Byzantine Church will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Pamukkale to Burdur to see Lake Salda about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and explore the ancient world of Laodikeia.

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

Traveling by car from Antalya to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Icmeler.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Laodikeia, Lake Salda, Aphrodisias
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Aphrodisias ©
Aphrodisias

1
night
Icmeler

Icmeler ©
İçmeler is a popular Turkish holiday resort situated 8 kilometres from Marmaris. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): hike along Carian Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Icmeler Beach, and then stop by Trust Gold & Diamonds.

For photos and more tourist information, read Icmeler trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Pamukkale to Icmeler takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. In March in Icmeler, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Icmeler

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Carian Trail
Highlights from your plan
Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach
Trust Gold & Diamonds ©
Trust Gold & Diamonds

7
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bibliotheque de Celsus and Ephesus Terrace Houses. Your inner history buff will appreciate Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu and The Basilica of Saint John. Go for a jaunt from Selcuk to Germencik to see Magnesia Antik Kenti about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Public Latrine, contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Icmeler to Selcuk in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Icmeler in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Selcuk, with lows of 5°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Magnesia Antik Kenti
Highlights from your plan
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu
Ephesus Terrace Houses
Ephesus Terrace Houses

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