26 days in Turkey Itinerary

26 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey sightseeing planner

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Edirne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Istanbul
— 8 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
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Ankara
— 3 nights
Fly
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Selcuk
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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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. Change things up with a short trip to Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu) in Uzunkopru (about 58 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Selimiye Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dar-ul Hadis Camii, examine the collection at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum, and steep yourself in history at Beyazit II Mosque Complex.

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Istanbul to Edirne is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 22:

Istanbul

— 8 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul sightseeing planning site.

You can drive from Edirne to Istanbul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In March in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 30:

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 5 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 Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu--about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, admire the verdant scenery at Red Valley, stroll through Pasabag, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Goreme trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 1°C in Goreme. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 4:

Ankara

— 3 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, ponder the world of politics at Yargitay, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haci Musa Camii, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tacettin Sultan Cami.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ankara road trip planner.

Take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Goreme in April: highs in Ankara hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Ankara

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:

Selcuk

— 4 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk trip planner.

You can fly from Ankara to Selcuk in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ankara in April, expect nights in Selcuk to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 11:

Pamukkale

— 2 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.
On the 12th (Mon), stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip planner.

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:

Turkey travel guide

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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.