50 days in Turkey Itinerary

50 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 7 nights
Drive
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Edirne
— 1 night
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Bursa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Eskisehir
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bodrum City
— 3 nights
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Birgi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fethiye
— 2 nights
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Antalya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Konya
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Ankara
— 3 nights
Fly to Gaziantep International Airport, Drive to Sanliurfa
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Sanliurfa
— 2 nights
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Mardin
— 3 nights
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Midyat
— 2 nights
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Erzurum
— 3 nights
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Uzungol
— 2 nights
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Trabzon
— 2 nights
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Istanbul

— 7 nights

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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, take a stroll through Ortakoy, and get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online route planner.

Islamabad, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 9-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Islamabad to Istanbul. Traveling from Islamabad in March, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are cooler, around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Edirne.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Edirne

— 1 night
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. To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Edirne online day trip planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Edirne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. You'll set off for Bursa on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Bursa

— 3 nights
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Go for a jaunt from Bursa to Uludag National Park to see Uludag Ski Resort about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulu Cami, wander the streets of Cumalikizik, steep yourself in history at Bursa Clocktower, and contemplate the waterfront views at Golyazi.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Bursa tour itinerary builder website.

Drive from Edirne to Bursa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. March in Bursa sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Eskisehir.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Eskisehir

— 2 nights
Eskişehir is a city in northwestern Turkey and the capital of the Eskişehir Province. Eskisehir is known for museums, theme parks, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Sazova Park, take in the exciting artwork at Luletasi Mehmet Bassav Kultur Sanat Evi, stroll around Eskisehir Science Arts and Culture Park, and take an in-depth tour of Eskisehir Kurtulus Muzesi.

To see ratings and more tourist information, go to the Eskisehir trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Bursa to Eskisehir in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Eskisehir when traveling from Bursa in March, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Eskisehir

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Bodrum City

— 3 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stop by Socrates, explore the historical opulence of Castle of St. Peter, then see the interesting displays at Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Bitez Beach, then steep yourself in history at Myndos Gate, then don't miss a visit to Windmills, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Yalikavak Marina.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bodrum City online itinerary planner.

Fly from Eskisehir to Bodrum City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Eskisehir in March, with highs in Bodrum City at 22°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Birgi.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Birgi

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): delve into the distant past at Sardis (Sardes) and then explore the stunning scenery at Adala Hermos Kanyonu. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Odemis Museum, explore the activities along Golcuk Golu, then make a trip to Imam-i Birgivi Mehmet Efendi Turbesi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birgi AydInoglu Mehmet Bey Camii.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Birgi tour site.

Drive from Bodrum City to Birgi in 4 hours. Traveling from Bodrum City in March, Birgi is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Birgi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Pamukkale

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale day trip app.

You can drive from Birgi to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fethiye.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Fethiye

— 2 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Go for a jaunt from Fethiye to Marmaris to see Dalyan Nehri about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take a leisurely stroll along Fethiye Port, kick back and relax at Calis Beach, and delve into the distant past at Tlos.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fethiye trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Fethiye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daytime highs in Fethiye are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Antalya.

Things to do in Fethiye

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Antalya

— 3 nights
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.
Antalya is known for nature, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, explore the ancient world of Perge Ancient City, steep yourself in history at Hadrian's Gate, and see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Antalya sightseeing planning app.

You can take a bus from Fethiye to Antalya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Antalya can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Konya.

Things to do in Antalya

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Konya

— 2 nights

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
On the 31st (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapu Camii, stroll around Kultur Park Alaeddin Tepesi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aziziye Cami, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sems-i Tebrizi Tomb & Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): engage your brain at Konya Science Center, then take an in-depth tour of Mevlana Muzesi, and then make a trip to Sille.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Konya trip planner.

Getting from Antalya to Konya by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Antalya in March, with highs in Konya at 15°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Goreme.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 4 nights
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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, head outdoors with Honey Valley, Goreme Turkey, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pasabag, and take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Konya to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Goreme sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ankara

— 3 nights

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: take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, examine the collection at Erimtan Arkeoloji ve Sanat Muzesi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hamamonu Restored Area, and admire the striking features of Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii).

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ankara itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Goreme to Ankara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Goreme in April, expect nights in Ankara to be a bit warmer, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sanliurfa.

Things to do in Ankara

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Sanliurfa

— 2 nights
Şanlıurfa, often simply known as Urfa or Al-Ruha, in ancient times Edessa, is a city with 561,465 inhabitants in south-eastern Turkey, and the capital of Şanlıurfa Province. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Balikligol, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Halil Ul Rahman Mosque, and then explore the ancient world of Potbelly Hill. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castle of Urfa, get engrossed in the history at Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of Abraham, and finally contemplate the long history of Gumruk Han.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sanliurfa trip itinerary maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ankara to Sanliurfa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mardin.

Things to do in Sanliurfa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Mardin

— 3 nights
Mardin is a city and multiple bishopric in southeastern Turkey. Mardin is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulu Cami, pause for some serene contemplation at Kirklar Kilisesi, delve into the distant past at Dara Mesopotamia Ruins, and steep yourself in history at Zinciriye Medresesi.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mardin journey planning website.

You can drive from Sanliurfa to Mardin in 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Mardin are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Midyat.

Things to do in Mardin

Historic Sites · Museums

Midyat

— 2 nights
Midyat is a town in Mardin Province of Turkey. On the 14th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Virgin Mary Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mor Gabriel Monastery, and then steep yourself in history at Midyat Old City. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Hasankeyf.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Midyat day trip planning website.

You can drive from Mardin to Midyat in 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mardin to Midyat. Traveling from Mardin in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Midyat, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Erzurum.

Things to do in Midyat

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Erzurum

— 3 nights
Erzurum is a city in eastern Anatolia . Erzurum is known for historic sites, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: fly down the slopes at Mount Palandoken, explore the ancient world of Three Tombs, pause for some photo ops at Twin Minaret Madrasa, and take in the dramatic scenery at Tortum Waterfall.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Erzurum trip planning site.

Drive from Midyat to Erzurum in 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. When traveling from Midyat in April, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Erzurum: temperatures range from 15°C by day to -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Uzungol.

Things to do in Erzurum

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Winter Sports

Uzungol

— 2 nights
Uzungöl is a lake situated to the south of the city of Trabzon, in the Çaykara district of Trabzon Province, Turkey. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Sultan Murat Plateau, identify plant and animal life at Sarikaya Yaylasi, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Uzungol. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Aydintepe Underground City and then examine the collection at Baksi Museum.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Uzungol trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Erzurum to Uzungol takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Uzungol

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Trabzon

— 2 nights
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. On the 21st (Wed), see the interesting displays at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, contemplate the long history of Atatürk Köşkü, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yeni Cuma Camii, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Boztepe.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Trabzon online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Uzungol to Trabzon in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Trabzon are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Trabzon

Historic Sites · Museums

Turkey travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.

Bursa Province travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · Flea Markets
Mosques, bazaars, monuments, museums, parks, hot springs, and beaches are among the tourist attractions in the seaside holiday spot of Bursa Province. The capital of the Ottoman State between 1326 and 1365, the city of Bursa retains many impressive landmarks from the Ottoman period, including mausoleums of the sultans and edifices throughout the city. Chow down on famous Turkish dishes, including skender kebap, turkish delight, and candied marron glacés from a park bench among the city's many gardens, which give it its nickname, "Green Bursa." Outside the city, the popular ski resort of Mount Uludağ and the therapeutic thermal water in spas draw visitors to the province for health and relaxation.

Izmir Province travel guide

4.2
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
İzmir Province represents a land where undulating mountains fading into the indigo sky serve as a backdrop to lush green vineyards. Its abudance of ancient ruins and location on the Aegean coast make this Mediterranean province a prime holiday destination. The province boasts a fascinating history, having been ceded to the Greeks following World War I, only to be later reclaimed in the Turkish War of Independence. The coastal towns, ancient cities, warm climate, and superb local fish and herb cuisine are among the delights of this vacation spot.

Antalya Province travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Waterfalls
Once a land of ancient cities, Antalya Province lies along the Mediterranean coast and is now home to Turkey's largest international sea resort. Tour the narrow, cobbled streets and historical houses in the province's eponymous city, or pay a visit to the World Heritage Site of Xanthos. Ancient cities and ruins scattered throughout the province give it its historical character. The 657 km (408 mi) long shoreline offers plenty of space to relax along its immaculate beaches and ports. Fill your holiday itinerary with a yacht tour, game of golf, rock climbing, and bird-watching.

Konya Province travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks
Konya Province showcases the largest and best-preserved Neolithic settlement of Çatalhöyük, an excavation area and World Heritage Site. The city of Konya is burial place of the 13th-century Persian Sufi mystic poet Rumi; visitors to the mausoleum can explore the museum dedicated to him, easily recognized by its tall ornate spires and turquoise conical dome. As a more religiously conservative metropolis of Turkey, the city is also home to the Mevlevi order of whirling dervishes, founded by Rumi's followers. Rich in culture, the city has also thrived on its export of expensive, richly patterned Turkish carpets since the Renaissance.