60 days in Turkey Itinerary

60 days in Turkey Itinerary

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60 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Istanbul
— 8 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Edirne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Gallipoli
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5 h
4
Ankara
— 5 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
5
Goreme
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Guzelyurt
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
7
Manavgat
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Antalya
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Fethiye
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Marmaris
— 5 nights
Bus:  3 h
11
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
12
Selcuk
— 7 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: New York City

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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul visit planner .

New York City, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from New York City to Istanbul, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in October: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 76°F and lows are around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Edirne.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

3
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. Take a break from Edirne with a short trip to Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu) in Uzunkopru, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Selimiye Mosque, take a stroll through Karaagac, steep yourself in history at Beyazit II Mosque Complex, and take in the views from Meric River Bridge.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Edirne trip planning website .

You can drive from Istanbul to Edirne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu)
Highlights from your plan
Selimiye Mosque ©
Selimiye Mosque
Meric River Bridge ©
Meric River Bridge
Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum ©
Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum

2
nights
Gallipoli

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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): witness the site of a historic battle at Gallipoli National Park, don't miss a visit to Hellas Memorial, and then steep yourself in history at Anzac Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi, make a trip to Azaplar Camii, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at BayraklI Baba Turbesi, take in the history at Gallipoli Battlefield, then stroll the grounds of 57. Piyade Alayi Sehitligi, and finally stroll the grounds of Fransiz Mezarligi.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Gallipoli visit planner .

Drive from Edirne to Gallipoli in 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Gallipoli can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Eceabat
Highlights from your plan
Anzac Cove ©
Anzac Cove
Hellas Memorial ©
Hellas Memorial
BayraklI Baba Turbesi ©
BayraklI Baba Turbesi

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Camlidere (CamlIdere Baraji & Samarkand was the mausoleum of Sheikh Ali), Nur Camii (in Kirikkale) and NallIhan Bird Sanctuary (in Nallihan). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Anitkabir, stop by Pia Stop-coffee.shoes.accessories, examine the collection at Gendarmerie museum, and make a trip to Musa aga camii.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ankara trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Gallipoli to Ankara with the Route module. Traveling from Gallipoli in November, expect nights in Ankara to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are little chillier, around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

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

7
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gomeda Vadisi (in Mustafapasa), Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri (in Derinkuyu) and Mazi Yeralti Sehri (in Urgup). And it doesn't end there: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, explore the striking landscape of Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki, get to know the fascinating history of Gore Harabeleri, and head outdoors with Honey Valley, Goreme Turkey.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Goreme vacation app .

Traveling by bus from Ankara to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Ankara in November, expect nights in Goreme to be a bit cooler, around 32°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar, Derinkuyu, Guray Museum, Gore Harabeleri
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

3
nights
Guzelyurt

Guzelyurt ©
Explore Guzelyurt's surroundings by going to Nigde (Gumusler Monastery, Eski Gumusler Monastery, & more).

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Guzelyurt journey planner.

Getting from Goreme to Guzelyurt by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Manavgat.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

5
nights
Manavgat

Manavgat ©
Nestled between the Taurus Mountains and the sun-kissed beaches of the Mediterranean coastline, Manavgat serves as a regional center of tourism, offering easy access to a long stretch of sandy beaches.
Get out of town with these interesting Manavgat side-trips: Alanya (Alanya Kalesi, Kleopatra Beach, & more) and Aspendos Ruins and Theater (in Serik). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temple of Apollo, take in breathtaking views at Green Canyon, find something for the whole family at Hip-Notics Cable Ski, and trek along Adventure-Park Manavgat Oymapinar.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Manavgat itinerary app .

You can drive from Guzelyurt to Manavgat in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In November, daily temperatures in Manavgat can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Manavgat

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Alanya, Phaselis, Green Canyon, Aspendos Ruins and Theater
Highlights from your plan
Green Canyon ©
Green Canyon
Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo
Phaselis ©
Phaselis

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 Bucht Von Adrasan (in Adrasan), Karaoz Sahili (in Kumluca) and Ayazmana Mesireligi (in Isparta). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Kaleici, examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, get great views at Calis Tepesi, and go for a stroll along the water at Harbour District/ Antalya Marina.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Antalya trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Manavgat to Antalya by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Antalya sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Fethiye.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kemer, Bucht Von Adrasan, Ayazmana Mesireligi, Karaoz Sahili
Highlights from your plan
Lower Duden Waterfalls ©
Lower Duden Waterfalls
Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Hadrian's Gate
Hadrian's Gate

5
nights
Fethiye

A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fethiye: Kas (Kral Mezari, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, & more) and Babadag (in Oludeniz). There's lots more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, stroll through Oludeniz PlajI, stroll around Sehit Fethi Bey ParkI, and take a stroll through Old Town.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fethiye trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Antalya to Fethiye in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in December, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Fethiye

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kas, Oludeniz
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Babadag ©
Babadag
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI

5
nights
Marmaris

Marmaris ©
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
Explore Marmaris' surroundings by going to Dalyan (Iztuzu Beach 2, Kaunos, & more), Gokceler Kanyonu (in Milas) and Akvaryum PlajI (in Palamutbuku). There's still lots to do: go for a stroll along the water at Marmaris Marina, steep yourself in history at Serefliler Evi, contemplate the waterfront views at Dalyan Nehri, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Icmeler Beach.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Marmaris trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Fethiye to Marmaris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Marmaris, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dalyan, Akvaryum PlajI, Gokceler Kanyonu, Serefliler Evi, Lake Koycegiz
Highlights from your plan
Marmaris Marina ©
Marmaris Marina
Kaunos ©
Kaunos
Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Pamukkale: Aphrodisias (in Geyre), Buldan Suleymanli Yayla (in Buldan) and Tripolis Antik Kenti (in Denizli). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip planner.

Take a bus from Marmaris to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mermerli Yol, don't miss a visit to Curetes Street, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Selcuk trip planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums 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

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