59 days in Turkey Itinerary

59 days in Turkey Itinerary

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59 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Erbil
Fly:  6​h
1
Ankara
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Guzelyurt
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Goreme
— 7 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Istanbul
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Edirne
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Bursa
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Selcuk
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Fethiye
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Kas
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Antalya
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Erbil

5
nights
Ankara

Ankara ©
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.
Explore Ankara's surroundings by going to Kirikkale (Cesnigir Koprusu & Nur Camii), Camlidere (CamlIdere Baraji & Samarkand was the mausoleum of Sheikh Ali) and NallIhan Bird Sanctuary (in Nallihan). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at AnItkabir, learn more about the world around you at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, see the interesting displays at Gendarmerie museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tacettin Sultan Cami.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ankara tour itinerary app .

Erbil, Iraq to Ankara is an approximately 6-hour flight. When traveling from Erbil in June, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Ankara: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Camlidere, Kirikkale, NallIhan Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Anitkabir ©
Anitkabir
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi
CamlIdere Baraji ©
CamlIdere Baraji

3
nights
Guzelyurt

Guzelyurt ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Guzelyurt: Nigde (Nigde Museum, Alaeddin Camii, & more).

To find photos and tourist information, read Guzelyurt road trip app .

You can drive from Ankara to Guzelyurt in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Goreme.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nigde
Highlights from your plan
Ihlara Valley ©
Ihlara Valley
Selime Monastery ©
Selime Monastery
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery ©
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery

7
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: Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & HakkI Atamutlu Kultur Parki) and Gomeda Vadisi (in Mustafapasa). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gore Harabeleri, get engrossed in the history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, and take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme online road trip planner .

Getting from Guzelyurt to Goreme by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urgup, Derinkuyu, Avanos, Uchisar, Gore Harabeleri
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

9
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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Edirne.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

4
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Edirne: Kirklareli (Istasyon Caddesi, Ataturk Evi, & more), Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Camii (in Luleburgaz) and Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu) (in Uzunkopru). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Selimiye Mosque, wander the streets of Karaagac, examine the collection at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Dar-ul Hadis Camii.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Edirne trip builder website .

You can drive from Istanbul to Edirne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kirklareli, Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Camii, Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu)
Highlights from your plan
Selimiye Mosque ©
Selimiye Mosque
Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum ©
Meric River Bridge ©
Meric River Bridge

4
nights
Bursa

Bursa ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bursa: Delmece Yaylasi (in Cinarcik), Erikli Waterfall (in Yalova) and Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki (in Basiskele). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulu Cami, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take a peaceful walk through Karacabey Longoz Ormanlari, and explore the ancient world of Muradiye Complex.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bursa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Edirne to Bursa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Bursa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Bursa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Osmangazi, Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki, Erikli Waterfall, Delmece Yaylasi
Highlights from your plan
Delmece Yaylasi ©
Delmece Yaylasi
Ulu Cami ©
Ulu Cami
Emir Sultan Camii ©
Emir Sultan Camii

7
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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, theme parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Selcuk online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Bursa to Selcuk in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight. When traveling from Bursa in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Selcuk, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Pamukkale side-trips: Aphrodisias (in Geyre) and Tripolis Antik Kenti (in Denizli). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church, and explore the ancient world of Laodikeia.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip builder .

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Denizli, Aphrodisias
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

5
nights
Fethiye

Fethiye ©
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Explore Fethiye's surroundings by going to Iztuzu Beach 2 (in Dalyan) and Babadag (in Oludeniz). Next up on the itinerary: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Saklikent Milli Parki, and explore the activities along Oludeniz.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fethiye online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Pamukkale to Fethiye in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Fethiye

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Oludeniz, Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor, Iztuzu Beach 2
Highlights from your plan
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Babadag ©
Babadag
Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kas: Demre (Kale) (Arykanda & Myra Antik Kenti), Patara (Patara Kum Tepesi, Patara Amphitheatre, & more) and Kekova (Sunken City Ruins of Simena & Island of Kekova). There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Kekova Sound, don't miss a visit to Lions Tomb, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fethiye to Kas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Patara, Demre (Kale), Kekova, Karaoz Sahili
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach

5
nights
Antalya

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 Hip-Notics Cable Ski (in Cakis), Phaselis (in Tekirova) and Side (Vespasianus Aniti, Ancient Theater, & more). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Kaleici, admire the local landmark of Dancing Fountains, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and admire the sheer force of Duden Waterfalls.

For where to stay and more tourist information, use the Antalya trip maker tool .

You can drive from Kas to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kas in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Antalya, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Manavgat, Phaselis
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo
Phaselis ©
Phaselis
Kaleici ©
Kaleici

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