21 days in Turkey Itinerary

21 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe travel planner
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Fly
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Bursa
— 1 night
Drive
3
Eskisehir
— 1 night
Train
4
Ankara
— 1 night
Drive
5
Safranbolu
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Bus
7
Konya
— 1 night
Bus to Denizli, Taxi to Pamukkale
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Pamukkale
— 1 day
Drive
9
Odemis
— 1 night
Drive
10
Selcuk
— 1 night
Fly
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Istanbul
— 4 nights
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Istanbul — 3 nights

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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul vacation planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in April: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Bursa.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Bursa — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Uludag Ski Resort. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take a stroll through Cumalikizik and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Uludag Ski Resort.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bursa online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Istanbul to Bursa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. April in Bursa sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Eskisehir.
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Eskisehir — 1 night

Eskişehir is a city in northwestern Turkey and the capital of the Eskişehir Province. To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Eskisehir travel site.

Traveling by car from Bursa to Eskisehir takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Bursa in May since evenings lows in Eskisehir dip to 9°C. You'll set off for Ankara on the 2nd (Mon).
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Ankara — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): examine the collection at Erimtan Arkeoloji ve Sanat Muzesi and then get to know the fascinating history of Hamamonu Restored Area.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ankara trip itinerary builder site.

Take a train from Eskisehir to Ankara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Eskisehir in May, you will find days in Ankara are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are a bit warmer (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Safranbolu.
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Safranbolu — 2 nights

Safranbolu is a town and district of Karabük Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Safranbolu Eski Carsi and then explore the fascinating underground world of Bulak Cave. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Hidirlik Tepesi Safranbolu and then contemplate the long history of Yoruk Village.

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You can drive from Ankara to Safranbolu in 3 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ankara in May since evenings lows in Safranbolu dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Goreme.
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Highlights from your trip

Goreme, Cappadocia — 2 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.
On the 6th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Goreme sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Safranbolu to Goreme takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Safranbolu in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Goreme, with highs around 27°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Konya.
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Konya — 1 night

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): tour or see a show at Selcuklu Kongre Merkezi Konya and then contemplate the long history of Mevlana Muzesi.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Konya day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Goreme to Konya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale — 1 day

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.
For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip builder app.

Getting from Konya to Pamukkale by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll set off for Odemis on the 9th (Mon).
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Odemis — 1 night

Ödemiş is a district of İzmir Province of Turkey, as well as the name of its central town, located 113 km southeast of the city of İzmir.About 4 km north of Ödemiş town are the ruins of Hypaepa. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the activities along Golcuk Golu and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birgi AydInoglu Mehmet Bey Camii.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Odemis driving holiday planning app.

Drive from Pamukkale to Odemis in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.
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Selcuk — 1 night

An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu has been added to your itinerary. On the 11th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Public Latrine and then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk online route planner.

Traveling by car from Odemis to Selcuk takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Odemis in May, plan for slightly colder days in Selcuk, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Istanbul.
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Historic Sites

Istanbul — 4 nights

See even more of Istanbul: explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, make a trip to Hippodrome, snap pictures at Galata Koprusu, and admire the striking features of Sultanahmet Square.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul day trip planning tool.

Getting from Selcuk to Istanbul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Selcuk in May, plan for little chillier days in Istanbul, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Turkey travel guide

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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.
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Konya Province travel guide

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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.
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Izmir Province travel guide

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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.
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