26 days in Turkey Itinerary

26 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ankara
— 4 nights
Bus
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Antalya
— 3 nights
Bus to Fethiye, Taxi to Oludeniz
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Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bursa
Drive
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Istanbul
— 2 nights

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Istanbul — 4 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.
On the 17th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, admire the striking features of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the views from Galata Koprusu.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Istanbul travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Istanbul. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Ankara.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Ankara — 4 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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, admire the masterpieces at State Art and Sculpture Museum, and make a trip to Ahielvan Cami.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ankara travel route planning tool.

Fly from Istanbul to Ankara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Istanbul in September: high temperatures in Ankara hover around 22°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Goreme.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums
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Goreme, Cappadocia — 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Goreme: Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City). And it doesn't end there: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Goreme online trip builder.

Traveling by bus from Ankara to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Ankara in September, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Antalya.
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Antalya — 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Antalya Aquarium, then admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, and finally browse the different shops at Laura Shopping Center. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, visit Kaleici, then explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate, and finally look for gifts at Excalibur Silver.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Antalya trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Goreme in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Antalya. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Oludeniz.
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Oludeniz — 2 nights

Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Oludeniz PlajI, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then look for gifts at Eternity Jewellers. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag, then appreciate the history behind Tayyareci Fethi Bey Aniti, then step into the grandiose world of Fethiye Kalesi, and finally admire the ancient design of Lycian D Spa & Turkish Bath.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz trip itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Antalya to Oludeniz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Oludeniz are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.
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Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches
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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.
Step out of Pamukkale with an excursion to Aphrodisias in Geyre--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, stop by Dogan Onyx factory, explore the world behind art at Laodikeia Antik Kenti, and admire the striking features of Akhan Kervansaray.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Oludeniz to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Selcuk.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Parks
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Selcuk — 3 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.
Take a break from Selcuk with a short trip to Magnesia Antik Kenti in Germencik, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, make a trip to Byzantine acquaducts, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Ayasoluk Castle.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can fly to Bursa.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums
Side Trips
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Bursa

The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Bursa route maker.

Getting from Selcuk to Bursa by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Selcuk in October, you will find days in Bursa are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). On the 10th (Mon), you're off to Istanbul.
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Istanbul — 2 nights

Queen of Cities

On the 10th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, browse the range of quality goods at Galata Leather, then take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, and finally make a trip to Sogukcesme Sokak.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Bursa to Istanbul takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. In October, Istanbul is a bit warmer than Bursa - with highs of 28°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.
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