44 days in Turkey Itinerary

44 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 6 nights
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Ankara
— 5 nights
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Antalya
— 5 nights
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
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Selcuk
— 5 nights
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Gallipoli
— 2 nights
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Edirne
— 5 nights
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Istanbul
— 12 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Goreme: Derinkuyu (Kaymakli Underground City & Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri). The adventure continues: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, stroll through Pasabag, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Camur Magarasi Katpatuka.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Goreme trip itinerary planning tool.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Goreme is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in March, expect Goreme to be cooler, temps between 16°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

5
nights
Ankara

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, get a sense of history and politics at Yargitay, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bestepe Millet Camii, and let little ones run wild at Da Vinci Board Game Cafe.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Ankara itinerary site.

You can take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Goreme in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Ankara, with highs around 14°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Ankara

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

5
nights
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.
Explore Antalya's surroundings by going to Olbia Park (in Kemer), Beldibi Yeni Merkez Cami (in Beldibi) and Göynük Köyü Mer. Cami (in Goynuk). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, don't miss a visit to Vielle ville d'Antalya, examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, and take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Antalya online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ankara to Antalya in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Ankara, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Antalya, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

3
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Pamukkale

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, push the limits with an extreme tour, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and head outdoors with Pamukkale Balloons.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip planner.

Getting from Antalya to Pamukkale by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

5
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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.
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, gain insight with Troy Tours, explore the ancient world of Isa Bey Mosque, and see the interesting displays at TCDD Tren Muzesi.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk day trip app.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Gallipoli

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 20th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gallipoli National Park. On your second day here, 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 take in the spiritual surroundings of Azaplar Camii.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gallipoli travel app.

You can drive from Selcuk to Gallipoli in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Selcuk in April, plan for slightly colder days in Gallipoli, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Edirne.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

5
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Edirne

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. Change things up with these side-trips from Edirne: Kirklareli (Istasyon Caddesi & Ataturk Evi). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Selimiye Mosque, take in the views from Meric River Bridge, contemplate the long history of Beyazit II Mosque Complex, and pause for some photo ops at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Heykeli.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Edirne trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Gallipoli to Edirne in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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Istanbul

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 striking features of Hagia Sophia, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planner.

Drive from Edirne to Istanbul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · History Museums · 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.