59 days in Turkey Itinerary

59 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey route maker

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 11 nights
Drive
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Edirne
— 7 nights
Fly
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Ankara
— 7 nights
Fly
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Gaziantep
— 6 nights
Drive
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 7 nights
Fly
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Antalya
— 7 nights
Bus to Fethiye, Taxi to Oludeniz
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Oludeniz
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 7 nights
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Istanbul

— 11 nights

Queen of Cities

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, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

Athens, Greece to Istanbul is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. When traveling from Athens in November, plan for little chillier days in Istanbul, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Edirne.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 24:

Edirne

— 7 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 museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Selimiye Mosque, contemplate the long history of Beyazit II Mosque Complex, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eski Cami, and examine the collection at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Edirne day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Edirne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can fly to Ankara.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 24 — Dec 1:

Ankara

— 7 nights

Heart of Turkey

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 shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, don't miss a visit to Ahielvan Cami, browse the exhibits of 8 Hubb Art Gallery, and examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ankara online trip planner.

You can fly from Edirne to Ankara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can fly to Gaziantep.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 8:

Gaziantep

— 6 nights
A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
Change things up with a short trip to Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum in Sanliurfa (about 1h 55 min away). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Zeugma Mosaic Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Elmaci Pazari, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurtulus Cami Mosque, and take an in-depth tour of Gaziantep Museum of Archaelogy.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Gaziantep tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ankara to Gaziantep takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Ankara in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Gaziantep: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Goreme.

Things to do in Gaziantep

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 14:

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 7 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.
Step out of Goreme with an excursion to Kaymakli Underground City in Derinkuyu--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. There's lots more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag, and get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Goreme road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Gaziantep to Goreme takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Gaziantep in December, things will get a bit cooler in Goreme: highs are around 6°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 21:

Antalya

— 7 nights
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 Göynük Köyü Mer. Cami (in Goynuk), Side (Q Spa & Wellness & Temple of Apollo) and Manavgat (Manavgat Waterfall & Side Azura Dive Center). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Kaleici, walk around Karnaval Park, delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City, and go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina.

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Getting from Goreme to Antalya by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Goreme in December, things will get a bit warmer in Antalya: highs are around 19°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 28:

Oludeniz

— 3 nights
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Step out of Oludeniz with an excursion to Patara Kum Tepesi in Patara--about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: see where the ancients bathed at Lycian D Spa & Turkish Bath, kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI, stroll through The Lycian Way, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Oludeniz day trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Antalya to Oludeniz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Oludeniz, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

Pamukkale

— 3 nights

Cotton Castle

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.
When in Pamukkale, make a side trip to see Aphrodisias in Geyre, approximately Geyre away. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Oludeniz to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

Selcuk

— 7 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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, and explore the historical opulence of Ayasoluk Castle.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Selcuk online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 10:

Turkey travel guide

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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.