31 days in Turkey Itinerary

31 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Ankara
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 6 nights
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Selcuk
— 5 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gallipoli
— 3 nights
Drive
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Edirne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Istanbul
— 8 nights
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Ankara

— 2 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 shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, learn more about the world around you at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, examine the collection at Altindag Belediyesi Sair ve Yazarlar Evi, and ponder the world of politics at Yargitay.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ankara trip website.

Doha, Qatar to Ankara is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. When traveling from Doha in May, plan for much colder days in Ankara, with highs around 21°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

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.
Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. There's much more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the striking landscape at Pasabag, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, and stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme tour itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Ankara to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Ankara, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Selcuk.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 9:

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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain, and gain insight with Troy Tours.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk trip planning tool.

You can fly from Goreme to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Selcuk, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Tours
Find places to stay May 9 — 14:

Pamukkale

— 2 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.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale online day trip planner.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Gallipoli

— 3 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. Explore Gallipoli's surroundings by going to Eceabat (Gallipoli Battlefield & Eceabat Tarihe SaygI Aniti). Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Gallipoli National Park. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Anzac Cove and make a trip to Azaplar Camii.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Gallipoli road trip site.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Gallipoli in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Edirne.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

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 museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Selimiye Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Uc Serefeli Camii, contemplate the long history of Beyazit II Mosque Complex, and examine the collection at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Edirne online visit planner.

Getting from Gallipoli to Edirne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Edirne

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 19 — 23:

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 historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Edirne to Istanbul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Istanbul sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay May 23 — 31:

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.