32 days in Turkey Itinerary

32 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Gaziantep
Drive:  5 h 15 min
1
Goreme
— 7 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Istanbul
— 10 nights
Fly + Train:  3 h 45 min
3
Selcuk
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Kalkan
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  9 h
End: Gaziantep

7
nights
Goreme

Goreme ©
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 out of town with these interesting Goreme side-trips: Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & HakkI Atamutlu Kultur Parki) and Mazi Yeralti Sehri (in Urgup). There's lots more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, head outdoors with Honey Valley, Goreme Turkey, explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Goreme trip itinerary maker site.

Gaziantep to Goreme is an approximately 5.5- hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Gaziantep in July, with highs in Goreme at 37°C and lows at 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Urgup, Avanos, Uchisar, Ortahisar, Derinkuyu
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri

10
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
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 museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip site.

Getting from Goreme to Istanbul by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Goreme in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum

7
nights
Selcuk

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Step out of Selcuk with an excursion to Magnesia Antik Kenti in Germencik--about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain, take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque, and examine the collection at Camlik Locomotive Museum.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Selcuk attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Istanbul to Selcuk takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Selcuk, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Magnesia Antik Kenti
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA ©
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)

3
nights
Pamukkale

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.
Step out of Pamukkale to go to Geyre and see Aphrodisias, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, stroll around Bagbasi Mesire Yeri, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and get outside with Pamukkale Balloons.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip planner.

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kalkan.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Aphrodisias, Bagbasi Mesire Yeri
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Balloon Rides
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis

4
nights
Kalkan

Little more than a quaint fishing village until the 1920s, in the last few decades Kalkan has managed to grow into an upscale vacation destination without succumbing to the pitfalls of mass tourism.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kalkan: Castle of Simena (in Demre (Kale)), Kas (Tugra Art Gallery & Silver Harmoni) and Babadag (in Oludeniz). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the ancient world of Patara Amphitheatre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Island of Kekova, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kalkan driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Pamukkale to Kalkan by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kalkan

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kas, Kekova, Castle of Simena, Patara Amphitheatre, Babadag
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Babadag ©
Babadag
Silver Harmoni ©
Silver Harmoni

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