20 days in Turkey Itinerary

20 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Fly to Istanbul, Bus to Edirne
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Edirne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Istanbul
— 7 nights
Fly
5
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
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Selcuk — 2 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: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isa Bey Mosque, steep yourself in history at Public Latrine, and see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Selcuk sightseeing website.

Izmir to Selcuk is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Izmir in January since evenings lows in Selcuk dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:

Pamukkale — 3 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

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You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Edirne.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:

Edirne — 2 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. On the 5th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dar-ul Hadis Camii, then look for gifts at Renk Mis Sabun, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Selimiye Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum, examine the collection at Edirne Kent Muzesi, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eski Cami.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Edirne trip itinerary builder app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Pamukkale to Edirne in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Istanbul.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:

Istanbul — 7 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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Mosque, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Istanbul trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Edirne to Istanbul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Goreme.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 13:

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.
Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. Next up on the itinerary: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, contemplate the long history of Goreme Open-Air Museum, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, and stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Goreme trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect cooler evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in February, with lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 18:

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.