44 days in Turkey Itinerary

44 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly
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Trabzon
— 3 nights
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Kars
— 3 nights
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Ankara
— 4 nights
Bus
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Bus
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Konya
— 3 nights
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Izmir
— 1 night
Drive
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Selcuk
— 1 day
Train
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Izmir
— 1 night
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Pamukkale
— 1 day
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Izmir
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bandirma
— 1 night
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Bursa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Istanbul
— 1 night
Fly to Gaziantep International Airport, Drive to Sanliurfa
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Sanliurfa
— 3 nights
Drive to Gaziantep International Airport, Fly to Istanbul
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Istanbul
— 1 night
Drive
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Edirne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Istanbul
— 1 night
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Istanbul — 4 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 historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, snap pictures at Galata Koprusu, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary planning tool.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in January; daily highs in Istanbul reach 10°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to fly to Trabzon.
Museums · Tours · Spas · Historic Sites

Trabzon — 3 nights

Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Change things up with a short trip to Uzungol in Caykara (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yeni Cuma Camii, steep yourself in history at Atatürk Köşkü, and get great views at Boztepe.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Trabzon trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Trabzon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Istanbul in February since evenings lows in Trabzon dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Kars.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Side Trip

Kars — 3 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. When in Kars, make a side trip to see Sarikamis Kayak Merkezi in Sarikamis, approximately Sarikamis away. There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Sarikamis-Kars Kis Turizm Merkezi, steep yourself in history at Kars Citadel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kars Fethiye Camii, and brush up on your military savvy at Kafkas Cephesi Harp Tarihi Muzesi.

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Traveling by car from Trabzon to Kars takes 6.5 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Trabzon in February, with highs in Kars at -1°C and lows at -18°C. You will leave for Ankara on the 11th (Fri).
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks
Side Trip

Ankara — 4 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.
Ankara is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, admire the striking features of Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii), appreciate the extensive heritage of Ankara Castle, and see the interesting displays at Erimtan Arkeoloji ve Sanat Muzesi.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ankara journey tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kars to Ankara. When traveling from Kars in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Ankara, with highs around 5°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Goreme.
Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. There's much more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, step into the grandiose world of Uchisar Castle, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme journey maker.

You can take a bus from Ankara to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ankara in February: highs in Goreme hover around 12°C, while lows dip to -1°C. You will leave for Konya on the 20th (Sun).
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours
Side Trips

Konya — 3 nights

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Konya is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Mevlana Muzesi, stroll around Kultur Park Alaeddin Tepesi, take in nature's colorful creations at Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden, and make a trip to Sille.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Konya online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Goreme to Konya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Konya, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Izmir.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Izmir — 1 night

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Kordonboyu, then browse the exhibits of Arkas Art Center, and then visit Alsancak.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Izmir day trip planning website.

You can fly from Konya to Izmir in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Konya in February, Izmir is much warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Selcuk.
Museums · Shopping

Selcuk — 1 day

An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
On the 25th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Public Latrine and then delve into the distant past at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Selcuk day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Izmir to Selcuk takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Izmir in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Selcuk, with lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Izmir.
Historic Sites

Izmir — 1 night

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Izmir online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Izmir takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Selcuk in February, expect nights in Izmir to be somewhat warmer, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 13°C. You'll set off for Pamukkale on the 26th (Sat).
Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nightlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis.

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Traveling by car from Izmir to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Izmir.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Izmir — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): make a trip to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower) and then don't miss a visit to Tarihi Asansor.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Izmir planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Izmir takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bandirma.

Bandirma — 1 night

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bandirma visit website.

Traveling by car from Izmir to Bandirma takes 3 hours. Traveling from Izmir in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Bandirma, with lows around 4°C. You will leave for Bursa on the 1st (Tue).
Nightlife · Museums

Bursa — 4 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.
Step out of Bursa to go to Uludag National Park and see Uludag Ski Resort, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Ulu Cami, steep yourself in history at Tombs of Osman and Orhan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Emir Sultan Camii, and shop like a local with Koza Hani.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bursa trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Bandirma to Bursa in 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Bursa are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Istanbul.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Side Trips

Istanbul — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, and finally don't miss a visit to Sogukcesme Sokak.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul route planner.

Traveling by car from Bursa to Istanbul takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Bursa in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Sanliurfa.
Historic Sites · Museums

Sanliurfa — 3 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. Sanliurfa is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Halil Ul Rahman Mosque, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of Abraham, contemplate the long history of Gumruk Han, and explore the world behind art at Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sanliurfa trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Istanbul to Sanliurfa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Istanbul — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul holiday maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sanliurfa to Istanbul. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Edirne.
Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Edirne — 3 nights

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. Edirne is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Selimiye Mosque, wander the streets of Karaagac, browse the eclectic array of goods at The Grand Bazaar of Edirne, and see the interesting displays at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Edirne trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Istanbul to Edirne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Istanbul.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Istanbul — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Rustem Pasha Mosque.

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You can drive from Edirne to Istanbul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Geologic Formations · National Parks
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.

Izmir Province travel guide

4.1
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.