22 days in Turkey Itinerary

22 days in Turkey Itinerary

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22 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Bursa
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Trabzon
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Urgup, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Guzelyurt, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Antalya
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
8
Selcuk
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Abu Dhabi

5
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul sightseeing planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Istanbul is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Abu Dhabi to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Abu Dhabi in March, plan for colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 14°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

1
night
Bursa

Bursa ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Bursa Bilim Merkezi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Somuncu baba hazretleri, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osmangazi Orhangazi Turbesi, then admire the landmark architecture of Ulu Cami, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ordekli Culture and Art Center.

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Drive from Istanbul to Bursa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul in March, Bursa is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Osmangazi
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Ulu Cami ©
Ulu Cami
Bursa Bilim Merkezi ©
Bursa Bilim Merkezi

1
night
Trabzon

Trabzon ©
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. On the 29th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Gulbahar Hatun Tomb, examine the collection at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, examine the collection at Culture Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gulbahar Hatun Cami, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yeni Cuma Camii.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Trabzon travel website .

Traveling by flight from Bursa to Trabzon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Trabzon can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Trabzon

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Culture Museum
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Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum
Yeni Cuma Camii ©
Yeni Cuma Camii
Gulbahar Hatun Tomb ©
Gulbahar Hatun Tomb

3
nights
Urgup, Cappadocia

Urgup ©
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Goreme National Park and Goreme Acikhava Muzesi. Get in touch with nature at Balloon Rides and Peri Bacalari. And it doesn't end there: explore by horseback at Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, and get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Urgup trip builder tool .

You can fly from Trabzon to Urgup in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Urgup when traveling from Trabzon in March, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Urgup

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goreme, Uchisar Castle, Peri Bacalari, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, Vaftizci Yahya Kilisesi
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

2
nights
Guzelyurt, Cappadocia

Guzelyurt ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): Head underground at Selime Monastery, then appreciate the views at Ihlara Valley, and then Head underground at Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Uzumlu Kilise, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Red Church, steep yourself in history at Sivisli Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koc Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kilise Camii, and finally contemplate the long history of Guzelyurt Valley Monastery.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Guzelyurt day trip website .

You can drive from Urgup to Guzelyurt in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Derinkuyu
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Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Ihlara Valley ©
Ihlara Valley
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery ©
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery

1
day
Antalya

Antalya ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, wander the streets of Kaleici, and then admire the sheer force of Duden Waterfalls.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Antalya itinerary planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Guzelyurt to Antalya. April in Antalya sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods Museums Nature
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Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Duden Waterfalls ©
Duden Waterfalls
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi

3
nights
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Hierapolis & Pamukkale and Cleopatra Pools. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Byzantine Church and Anatolia Cemetery. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pamukkale Natural Park.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale travel route site .

You can drive from Antalya to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

4
nights
Selcuk

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ancient City of Ephesus and The Terrace Houses. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Celsus Kutuphanesi, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, explore the historical opulence of Keci Kalesi, and contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk online day trip planner .

Getting from Pamukkale to Selcuk by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Selcuk are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©

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