45 days in Turkey Itinerary

45 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 11 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 7 nights
Bus
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Ankara
— 6 nights
Fly
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Antalya
— 6 nights
Drive
5
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Selcuk
— 5 nights
Drive
7
Gallipoli
— 2 nights
Drive
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Edirne
— 5 nights
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Istanbul — 11 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 21st (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, and steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker tool.

Lahore, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pakistan Standard Time (PKT) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Lahore in December, plan for cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Goreme.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 29:

Goreme, Cappadocia — 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Goreme: Guzelyurt (Selime Monastery & Ihlara Valley) and Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City). The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, trot along with a tour on horseback, indulge in some personalized pampering at Camur Magarasi Katpatuka, and explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Goreme trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in December since evenings lows in Goreme dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Ankara.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 5:

Ankara — 6 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: get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, admire the landmark architecture of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yeni Mosque (Cenab Ahmet), and stop by Pia Stop-coffee.shoes.accessories.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ankara online day trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Goreme to Ankara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Goreme in January: highs in Ankara hover around 1°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to fly to Antalya.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 11:

Antalya — 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aspendos Ruins (in Serik) and Side (Ancient Theater, Q Spa & Wellness, &more). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Kaleici, visit Ataturk Boulevard, stroll around Karaalioglu Park, and go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Antalya route planning tool.

You can fly from Ankara to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Ankara, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Antalya, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.
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Find places to stay Jan 11 — 17:

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 18th (Mon), take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, and then enjoy unforgettable views with Pamukkale Balloons.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Antalya to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Selcuk.
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Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

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.
When in Selcuk, make a side trip to see KocarlI Cihanoglu Kulliyesi in Aydin, approximately Aydin away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, look for gifts at Lilys Authentic Art carpets and textiles shop, examine the collection at Camlik Locomotive Museum, and explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Selcuk can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Gallipoli.
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Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:

Gallipoli — 2 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. On the 25th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Eceabat Tarihe SaygI Aniti, take in the history at Gallipoli Battlefield, then pause for some photo ops at Seyit Onbasi Monument, then steep yourself in history at Anzac Cove, and finally stroll the grounds of 57. Piyade Alayi Sehitligi. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Saruca Pasa Hamami, take an in-depth tour of Piri Reis Muzesi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Azaplar Camii, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of BayraklI Baba Turbesi.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gallipoli journey planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Gallipoli takes 5.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Gallipoli can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Edirne.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Edirne — 5 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. Get out of town with these interesting Edirne side-trips: Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu) (in Uzunkopru), Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Camii (in Luleburgaz) and Kirklareli (Ataturk Evi & Istasyon Caddesi). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Selimiye Mosque, stop by Karaagac, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Edirne Buyuk Sinagogu, and contemplate the long history of Beyazit II Mosque Complex.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Edirne visit planner.

Getting from Gallipoli to Edirne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Spas
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:

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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