30 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Selcuk
— 5 nights
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
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Ankara
— 3 nights
Fly
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Edirne
— 4 nights
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Istanbul
— 8 nights
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Selcuk — 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Selcuk: Metropolis Antik Tiyatro (in Torbali) and Magnesia Antik Kenti (in Germencik). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and catch all the local highlights with Troy Tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Selcuk is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Sydney to Selcuk due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Selcuk, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Pamukkale.
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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.
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, stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip planner.

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to fly to Goreme.
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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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, see Off-Road Tours, and get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme route planner.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Goreme takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Ankara.
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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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, explore the engaging exhibits at Cin Ali Muzesi, admire the striking features of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii), and make a trip to Musa aga camii.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ankara online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Goreme to Ankara by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Goreme, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Ankara, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly to Edirne.
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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. Edirne is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Selimiye Mosque, take a stroll through Karaagac, take in the views from Meric River Bridge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Dar-ul Hadis Camii.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Edirne vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Ankara to Edirne in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Istanbul.
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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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul driving holiday planner.

Drive from Edirne to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to fly 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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