31 days in Turkey Itinerary

31 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey attractions planner

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Antalya
— 3 nights
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Cirali
— 2 nights
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Alanya
— 2 nights
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Konya
— 2 nights
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Guzelyurt, Cappadocia
— 1 night
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Kars
— 2 nights
Drive to Erzurum International Airport, Fly to Ankara
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Ankara
— 2 nights
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Bolu
— 1 night
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Eskisehir
— 2 nights
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Gaziantep
— 1 night
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Kusadasi
— 3 nights
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Bozcaada, Tenedos Island
— 2 nights
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Bodrum City
— 3 nights
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Termessos Ruins and Phaselis. Get a sense of the local culture at Aspendos Ruins and Theater and Hadrian's Gate. When in Antalya, make a side trip to see The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club in Belek, approximately Belek away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Konyaalti Beach, examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, and delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Antalya trip itinerary planning site.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Antalya is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. In January, Antalya is colder than Jeddah - with highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cirali.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

Cirali

— 2 nights
A charming holiday destination, Cirali offers natural beaches and the iconic Flame of Chimera.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): kick back and relax at Cirali Beach, stroll through Chimaera, and then contemplate the long history of Olympos Archeological Site. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Korsan Koyu and then enjoy the sand and surf at Adrasan Sahili.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cirali road trip planning site.

Getting from Antalya to Cirali by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Cirali are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Alanya.

Things to do in Cirali

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Alanya

— 2 nights
A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
On the 7th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Dimcay, Head underground at Dim Cave, and then take some stellar pictures from Kizilkule. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Alanya Kalesi, then go for a walk through Alanya LimanI, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

Plan trip to Alanya with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Cirali to Alanya in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Konya.

Things to do in Alanya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Konya

— 2 nights

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
On the 9th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden, contemplate the long history of Mevlana Muzesi, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sems-i Tebrizi Tomb & Mosque. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Sille, then get your bearings at Selcuklu Kongre Merkezi Konya, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ak Cami.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Konya trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Alanya to Konya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Konya, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

Guzelyurt, Cappadocia

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): Head underground at Selime Monastery, then admire the verdant scenery at Ihlara Valley, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Red Church.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Guzelyurt day trip planner.

You can drive from Konya to Guzelyurt in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Goreme.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mount Erciyes and Zemi Valley. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Uchisar Castle and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. Step out of Goreme to go to Kayseri and see The Statue of Ataturk, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Goreme visit planner.

Traveling by car from Guzelyurt to Goreme takes 1.5 hours. January in Goreme sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Kars.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:

Kars

— 2 nights
Kars is a city in northeast Turkey and the capital of Kars Province.With a population of 73,836, it is the largest city on the Turkish side of the closed border with Armenia. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kars Soguksu Tabiat Parki. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of Tigran Honents and then delve into the distant past at Ani Antik Kenti.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kars travel planner.

Fly from Goreme to Kars in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in January, you will find days in Kars are slightly colder (-5°C), and nights are cooler (-19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Kars

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:
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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.
On the 18th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii), see the interesting displays at Ulucanlar Prison Museum, and then admire the striking features of Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii). Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hamamonu Restored Area, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, and then take an in-depth tour of Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ankara trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kars to Ankara. Traveling from Kars in January, expect nights in Ankara to be much warmer, around 0°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Bolu.

Things to do in Ankara

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

Bolu

— 1 night
Bolu is a city in Turkey, and administrative center of the Bolu Province. On the 20th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Abant Nature Park.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bolu tour builder.

Traveling by car from Ankara to Bolu takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Eskisehir.

Things to do in Bolu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 20:
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Eskisehir

— 2 nights
Eskişehir is a city in northwestern Turkey and the capital of the Eskişehir Province. On the 21st (Fri), stroll around Kent Park, then see the interesting displays at Cagdas Cam Sanatlari Muzesi, and then examine the collection at Yilmaz Buyukersen Balmumu Heykeller Muzesi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Sazova Park and then walk around Eskisehir Science Arts and Culture Park.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Eskisehir itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bolu to Eskisehir in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Gaziantep.

Things to do in Eskisehir

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:

Gaziantep

— 1 night
A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
On the 23rd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Hamam Muzesi, then admire the masterpieces at Zeugma Mosaic Museum, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Gaziantep trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Eskisehir to Gaziantep by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Eskisehir in January, you will find days in Gaziantep are somewhat warmer (10°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Gaziantep

Museums · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:

Kusadasi

— 3 nights
Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Priene Antik Kenti and Kusadasi Castle. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Dilek National Park. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum and stroll through Sevgi Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kusadasi day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Gaziantep to Kusadasi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Gaziantep to Kusadasi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gaziantep in January; daily highs in Kusadasi reach 15°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Bozcaada.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:

Bozcaada, Tenedos Island

— 2 nights
Tenedos or Bozcaada is an island of Turkey in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Ayazma Plaji, kick back and relax at Mitos Plaji, and then enjoy the sea views from Bozcaada Rüzgar Enerji Santrali. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Akvaryum Koyu and then step off the mainland to explore Bozcaada.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bozcaada journey maker.

Traveling by car from Kusadasi to Bozcaada takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kusadasi in January: high temperatures in Bozcaada hover around 11°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Bozcaada

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

Bodrum City

— 3 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Zeki Muren Arts Museum and Castle of St. Peter are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bitez Beach and Yahsi Beach. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the interesting displays at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and browse the different shops at Avenue Bodrum.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bodrum City road trip planning website.

You can drive from Bozcaada to Bodrum City in 7.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bozcaada in January: high temperatures in Bodrum City hover around 18°C and lows are around 9°C. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 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.