45 days in Turkey Itinerary

45 days in Turkey Itinerary

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45 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Goreme
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Trabzon
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  4 h 45 min
3
Selcuk
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Kas
— 4 nights
Drive:  8 h 15 min
6
Bolu
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Basiskele
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Istanbul
— 8 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Edirne
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki and Goreme National Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings and Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme. Change things up with these side-trips from Goreme: Kayaardi Baglari (in Nigde) and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri (in Derinkuyu). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature & Parks, explore by horseback at Lucky Horse Ranch, take in the dramatic natural features at Peri Bacalari, and look for all kinds of wild species at Damsa Baraji.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Goreme tour planning app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Goreme is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, expect Goreme to be colder, temps between 6°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Uchisar, Urgup, Avanos, Kayaardi Baglari, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

4
nights
Trabzon

Trabzon
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Visit Sumela Monastery and Gulbahar Hatun Tomb for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum and Yeni Cuma Camii. Change things up with these side-trips from Trabzon: Sarikaya Yaylasi (in Uzungol), Kackar Daglari Milli Parki (in Rize) and Sultan Murat Plateau (in Caykara). It doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Surmene Camburnu Tabiat Parki and see the interesting displays at Culture Museum.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Trabzon trip builder .

You can fly from Goreme to Trabzon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in December, things will get a bit warmer in Trabzon: highs are around 14°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Trabzon

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Sarikaya Yaylasi, Sultan Murat Plateau, Culture Museum, Kackar Daglari Milli Parki
Highlights from your plan
Sarikaya Yaylasi
Sarikaya Yaylasi
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum
Culture Museum ©
Culture Museum

6
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.
Antiqueche de Scalanova and Maket Koy will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ancient City of Ephesus and Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mermerli Yol, step into the grandiose world of Keci Kalesi, and don't miss a visit to Arcadian Way.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Selcuk online tour builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Trabzon to Selcuk takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Selcuk when traveling from Trabzon in January, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and Hierapolis. Take a break from the city and head to Pamukkale Balloons and Balloon Rides. Go for a jaunt from Pamukkale to Geyre to see Aphrodisias about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: Head underground at Kaklik Cave, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, and steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale online road trip planner .

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Denizli, Aphrodisias
Highlights from your plan
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

4
nights
Kas

An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
For shopping fun, head to Atelier Thalia or Tugra Art Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Arykanda and Arch of Triumph. Explore Kas' surroundings by going to The Lycian Way (in Fethiye) and Oludeniz (Oludeniz PlajI, Parasailing & Paragliding, & more). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Kas trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Pamukkale to Kas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kas can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bolu.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Oludeniz, Arch of Triumph, The Lycian Way, Arykanda
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Babadag ©
Babadag
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI

3
nights
Bolu

Bolu ©
Bolu is a city in Turkey, and administrative center of the Bolu Province. Take a break from the city and head to Bolu Golcuk Tabiat Parki and NallIhan Bird Sanctuary. When in Bolu, make a side trip to see Sultan Alaaddin Camii in Beypazari, approximately 1h 20 min away. Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring nature at Golcuk Tabiat Parki. Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Karagol Tabiat Parki.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bolu trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Kas to Bolu by car takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Basiskele.

Things to do in Bolu

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Sultan Alaaddin Camii, NallIhan Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Bolu Golcuk Tabiat Parki ©
Bolu Golcuk Tabiat Parki
Golcuk Tabiat Parki ©
Golcuk Tabiat Parki
NallIhan Bird Sanctuary ©
NallIhan Bird Sanctuary

4
nights
Basiskele

Basiskele ©
Do your shopping at Oksijen O3 AVM and Iznik Vakfi Atolyeleri. Step out of the city life by going to Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki and Kuzuluk Tabiat Parki. Change things up with a short trip to Green Mosque (Yesil Camii) in Iznik (about 52 minutes away).

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Basiskele trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Bolu to Basiskele in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Basiskele

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kuzuyayla Tabiat Parki, Kuzuluk Tabiat Parki, Green Mosque, Oksijen O3 AVM, Iznik Vakfi Atolyeleri
Highlights from your plan
Kuzuluk Tabiat Parki ©
Kuzuluk Tabiat Parki
Kuzuyayla Tabiat Parki ©
Kuzuyayla Tabiat Parki
Green Mosque ©
Green Mosque

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.
For shopping fun, head to Kapali Carsi or Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi. Visiting Bentler Tabiat Parki and Goztepe Tabiat Parki will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, and admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Basiskele to Istanbul takes 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Basiskele in January, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Edirne.

Things to do in Istanbul

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

5
nights
Edirne

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 some historical perspective at Selimiye Mosque and Dar-ul Hadis Camii. Museum-lovers will get to explore Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum and Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Edirne: Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Camii (in Luleburgaz) and Gala Golu Milli Parki (in Ipsala). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eski Cami, see the interesting displays at Edirne Kent Muzesi, make a trip to Kum Kasri Hamami, and steep yourself in history at Muradiye Camii.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Edirne day trip planning site .

Getting from Istanbul to Edirne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Gala Golu Milli Parki, Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Camii
Highlights from your plan
Selimiye Mosque ©
Selimiye Mosque
Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum ©
Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum
Beyazit II Mosque Complex ©
Beyazit II Mosque Complex

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