48 days in Turkey Itinerary

48 days in Turkey Itinerary

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48 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  19 h 45 min
1
Istanbul
— 17 nights
Fly + Train:  3 h 45 min
2
Selcuk
— 12 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive:  7 h
4
Guzelyurt
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Goreme
— 11 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Sydney

17
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.
Kids will enjoy Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, stop by Ortakoy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary site .

Sydney, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in February, you will find days in Istanbul are cooler (11°C), and nights are little chillier (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

12
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.
Family-friendly places like Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA and Pamucak Beach will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Selcuk side-trips: Odemis (Golcuk Golu & Birgi AydInoglu Mehmet Bey Camii), Imam-i Birgivi Mehmet Efendi Turbesi (in Birgi) and Tire Kent Muzesi (in Tire). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, stop by Lilys Authentic Art carpets and textiles shop, get engrossed in the history at Selcuk Efes Kent Bellegi-History Museum, and see the interesting displays at TCDD Tren Muzesi.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Selcuk trip builder app .

Fly from Istanbul to Selcuk in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Selcuk, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Odemis, Imam-i Birgivi Mehmet Efendi Turbesi, Tire Kent Muzesi
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA ©
Pamucak Beach ©
Pamucak Beach

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.
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, get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale day trip planning website .

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

3
nights
Guzelyurt

Guzelyurt ©
Step out of Guzelyurt to go to Nigde and see Kayaardi Baglari, which is approximately 1h 10 min away.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Guzelyurt itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Guzelyurt takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Goreme.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kayaardi Baglari
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Guzelyurt Valley Monastery ©
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery
Selime Monastery ©
Selime Monastery
Ihlara Valley ©
Ihlara Valley

11
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Goreme: Gomeda Vadisi (in Mustafapasa), Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & HakkI Atamutlu Kultur Parki) and Cilehane (in Hacibektas). Next up on the itinerary: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, and explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Goreme travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Guzelyurt to Goreme takes 1.5 hours. In March in Goreme, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 1°C at night. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urgup, Avanos, Uchisar, Derinkuyu, Ortahisar Abdioglu Camii
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Off-Road Tours

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