45 days in Turkey Itinerary

45 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Bursa
— 4 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 4 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 6 nights
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Kars
— 5 nights
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Istanbul
— 12 nights
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Edirne
— 5 nights
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Ankara
— 6 nights
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Bursa

— 4 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Uludag National Park (Uludag Ski Resort & Kardanadam). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulu Cami, hit the slopes at Uludag Ski Center, take an in-depth tour of Ordekli Culture and Art Center, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Koza Hani.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bursa trip itinerary tool.

Doha, Qatar to Bursa is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. While traveling from Doha, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Bursa, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip maker tool.

Fly from Bursa to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Selcuk

— 4 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: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of Public Latrine, get a dose of the wild on Troy Tours, and explore the historical opulence of Ayasoluk Castle.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk journey builder app.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Selcuk are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:

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 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. Next up on the itinerary: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, see Off-Road Tours, and admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Goreme day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Selcuk in January, things will get slightly colder in Goreme: highs are around 5°C and lows about -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to fly to Kars.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 21:

Kars

— 5 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. When in Kars, make a side trip to see Sarikamis Kayak Merkezi in Sarikamis, approximately Sarikamis away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Ani Antik Kenti, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Armenian St. Pirkitch Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sarikamis-Kars Kis Turizm Merkezi, and learn about all things military at Kafkas Cephesi Harp Tarihi Muzesi.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kars trip planner.

Getting from Goreme to Kars by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Goreme in January: highs in Kars hover around -5°C, while lows dip to -19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Kars

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 26:

Istanbul

— 12 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 27th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul journey tool.

You can fly from Kars to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Kars in January, with highs in Istanbul at 10°C and lows at 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Edirne.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 26 — Feb 7:

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. When in Edirne, make a side trip to see Ataturk Evi in Kirklareli, approximately Kirklareli away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Selimiye Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beyazit II Mosque Complex, see the interesting displays at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum, and appreciate the history behind Fatih Sultan Mehmet Heykeli.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Edirne trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Istanbul to Edirne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Ankara.

Things to do in Edirne

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 12:

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 shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, don't miss a visit to Ahielvan Cami, get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tacettin Sultan Cami.

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You can fly from Edirne to Ankara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 18:

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.