30 days in Turkey Itinerary

30 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip itinerary planner

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Istanbul
— 10 nights
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Edirne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gallipoli
— 2 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 6 nights
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Istanbul

— 10 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 landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, stop by Ortakoy, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul road trip app.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. Traveling from Riyadh in April, expect Istanbul to be cooler, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Edirne.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Edirne

— 4 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. Go for a jaunt from Edirne to Uzunkopru to see Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu) about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Selimiye Mosque, take a stroll through Karaagac, take in the spiritual surroundings of Edirne Buyuk Sinagogu, and snap pictures at Meric River Bridge.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Edirne planner.

Drive from Istanbul to Edirne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:

Gallipoli

— 2 nights
The Gallipoli peninsula is located in the southern part of East Thrace, the European part of Turkey, with the Aegean Sea to the west and the Dardanelles strait to the east.Gallipoli is the Italian form of the Greek name "Καλλίπολις" (Kallípolis), meaning "Beautiful City", the original name of the modern town of Gelibolu. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): witness the site of a historic battle at Gallipoli National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the history at Gallipoli Battlefield, then steep yourself in history at Anzac Cove, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azaplar Camii.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Gallipoli trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Edirne to Gallipoli takes 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Gallipoli are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:

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: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, delve into the distant past with Troy Tours, and examine the collection at Ephesus Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Selcuk trip maker.

Traveling by car from Gallipoli to Selcuk takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 21:

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.
Pamukkale is known for nature, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 24:

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 6 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.
Take a break from Goreme with a short trip to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, contemplate the long history of Goreme National Park, stop by Alaturca Taner, and appreciate the views at Red Valley.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme day trip planning app.

You can fly from Pamukkale to Goreme in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 30:

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.