45 days in Turkey Itinerary

45 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 11 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 7 nights
Bus
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Ankara
— 6 nights
Fly
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Antalya
— 6 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
— 5 nights
Drive to Istanbul Airport, Fly to Alama Iqbal International Airport

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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.
On the 21st (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, and steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker tool.

Lahore, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pakistan Standard Time (PKT) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Lahore in December, plan for cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

7
nights
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: Guzelyurt (Selime Monastery & Ihlara Valley) and Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City). The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Alaturca Taner, indulge in some personalized pampering at Camur Magarasi Katpatuka, and explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Goreme trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in December since evenings lows in Goreme dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

6
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, admire the landmark architecture of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii), examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, and stop by Pia Stop-coffee.shoes.accessories.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ankara online day trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Goreme to Ankara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Goreme in January: highs in Ankara hover around 1°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

6
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Side (Ancient Theater, Q Spa & Wellness, &more) and Aspendos Ruins and Theater (in Serik). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Kaleici, examine the collection at Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum, explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate, and take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls.

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You can fly from Ankara to Antalya in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ankara in January, you will find days in Antalya are much warmer (17°C), and nights are a bit warmer (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
On the 18th (Mon), take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and then get outside with Pamukkale Balloons.

For more things to do and tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip builder site.

Getting from Antalya to Pamukkale by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

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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.
When in Selcuk, make a side trip to see KocarlI Cihanoglu Kulliyesi in Aydin, approximately Aydin away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain, and see the interesting displays at TCDD Tren Muzesi.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Selcuk can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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. On the 25th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Eceabat Tarihe SaygI Aniti, take in the history at Gallipoli Battlefield, then pause for some photo ops at Seyit Onbasi Monument, then steep yourself in history at Anzac Cove, and finally stroll the grounds of 57. Piyade Alayi Sehitligi. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Saruca Pasa Hamami, take an in-depth tour of Piri Reis Muzesi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Azaplar Camii, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of BayraklI Baba Turbesi.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gallipoli journey planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Gallipoli takes 5.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Gallipoli can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Edirne.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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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. Get out of town with these interesting Edirne side-trips: Kirklareli (Ataturk Evi & Istasyon Caddesi), Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Camii (in Luleburgaz) and Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu) (in Uzunkopru). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Selimiye Mosque, snap pictures at Meric River Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eski Cami, and examine the collection at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Edirne online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gallipoli to Edirne takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

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.