31 days in Turkey Itinerary

31 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 3 nights
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Denizli
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 3 nights
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Konya
— 1 night
Drive
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Guzelyurt, Cappadocia
— 1 night
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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Kars
— 2 nights
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Agri
— 1 night
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Erzurum
— 1 night
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Mardin
— 1 night
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Sanliurfa
— 2 nights
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Gaziantep
— 1 night
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Kahta
— 2 nights
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Kangal
— 1 night
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Samsun
— 2 nights
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Karabuk
— 1 night
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Ankara
— 3 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Archaeological Museum. Get some historical perspective at Hagia Sophia Mosque and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, admire the striking features of Rustem Pasha Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Little Hagia Sophia, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Istanbul online tour itinerary planner.

Seoul, South Korea to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Seoul to Istanbul, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Denizli.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Denizli — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Laodikeia and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Denizli trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Denizli in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Denizli, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.
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Selcuk — 3 nights

An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ephesus Museum and Isa Bey Mosque. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Public Latrine and Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian and stop by Sirince Koyu.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Selcuk driving holiday planning site.

Drive from Denizli to Selcuk in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Selcuk are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly 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 1st (Sun): browse the exhibits of Mevlana Muzesi and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sems-i Tebrizi Tomb & Mosque.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Konya itinerary site.

You can fly from Selcuk to Konya in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Selcuk in April, with highs in Konya at 21°C and lows at 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Guzelyurt.
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Guzelyurt, Cappadocia — 1 night

On the 2nd (Mon), Head underground at Selime Monastery and then admire the verdant scenery at Ihlara Valley.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Guzelyurt road trip site.

You can drive from Konya to Guzelyurt in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Goreme.
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Goreme, Cappadocia — 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) and Uchisar Castle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fairy Chimneys and Pasabag. There's lots more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Goreme road trip planning site.

You can drive from Guzelyurt to Goreme in 1.5 hours. In May in Goreme, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Kars.
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Kars — 2 nights

Kars is a city in northeast Turkey and the capital of Kars Province.With a population of 73,836, it is the largest city on the Turkish side of the closed border with Armenia. On the 6th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Kars Soguksu Tabiat Parki. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Museum of Apostles (Havariler Museum) and then delve into the distant past at Ani Antik Kenti.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kars tour itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Goreme to Kars in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Goreme in May; daily highs in Kars reach 20°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Agri.
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Agri — 1 night

Ağrı, formerly known as Karaköse from the early Turkish republican period until 1946, and before that as Karakilise, is the capital of Ağrı Province at the eastern end of Turkey, near the border with Iran.HistoryIn the Ottoman Empire era the area was called Karakilisa (قره‌کلیسا). Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ararat.

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You can drive from Kars to Agri in 3 hours. Traveling from Kars in May, Agri is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Erzurum.
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Erzurum — 1 night

Erzurum is a city in eastern Anatolia . Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): wander the streets of Hasankale.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Erzurum online trip builder.

Getting from Agri to Erzurum by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Agri in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Erzurum, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mardin.
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Mardin — 1 night

Mardin is a city and multiple bishopric in southeastern Turkey. On the 10th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Dara Mesopotamia Ruins and then pause for some serene contemplation at Deyrulzafaran Monastery.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mardin trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Erzurum to Mardin takes 6 hours. In May, Mardin is somewhat warmer than Erzurum - with highs of 32°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sanliurfa.
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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. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum and then steep yourself in history at Balikligol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at St Job Tomb and then delve into the distant past at Potbelly Hill.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sanliurfa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mardin to Sanliurfa takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gaziantep.
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Gaziantep — 1 night

A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Tarihi Gumruk Hani, then see the interesting displays at Hamam Muzesi, and then explore the world behind art at Zeugma Mosaic Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Gaziantep trip planner.

Getting from Sanliurfa to Gaziantep by car takes about 2 hours. May in Gaziantep sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Kahta.
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Kahta — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Karakus Tumulusu and then explore the ancient world of Arsemia Antik Kenti. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Yenikale Ruins and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Nemrut.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kahta online holiday planner.

Getting from Gaziantep to Kahta by car takes about 3 hours. In May in Kahta, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kangal.
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Kangal — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at Balikli Kaplica.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kangal trip planner.

You can drive from Kahta to Kangal in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, Kangal is a bit cooler than Kahta - with highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Samsun.
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Samsun — 2 nights

Samsun is a city on the north coast of Turkey with a population over half a million people. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Atakum Sahili and then see the interesting displays at Bandirma Vapuru Muzesi. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Vezirsuyu Tabiat Parki.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Samsun travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kangal to Samsun takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kangal in May since evenings lows in Samsun dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Karabuk.
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Karabuk — 1 night

Karabük is a town and the capital district of Karabük Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. On the 19th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Baklabostan Selalesi and then look for all kinds of wild species at Seker Kanyonu.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Karabuk route planner.

Traveling by car from Samsun to Karabuk takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In May in Karabuk, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Ankara.
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Ankara — 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Erimtan Arkeoloji ve Sanat Muzesi, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, and then learn more about the world around you at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Ulucanlar Prison Museum and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hamamonu Restored Area.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ankara day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Karabuk to Ankara takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Ankara can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time 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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Cappadocia travel guide

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History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.
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