22 days in Turkey Itinerary

22 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Istanbul
— 5 nights
2
Bursa
— 1 night
3
Trabzon
— 1 night
4
Urgup, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
5
Guzelyurt, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
6
Antalya
— 1 day
7
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
8
Selcuk
— 4 nights

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.
Hagia Sophia Museum and Sultan Ahmed Mosque are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul travel route planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Istanbul is an approximately 10-hour 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 much colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 14°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
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.
On the 28th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Bursa Bilim Merkezi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osmangazi Orhangazi Turbesi, then admire the landmark architecture of Ulu Cami, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ordekli Culture and Art Center.

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You can drive from Istanbul to Bursa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in March since evenings lows in Bursa dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Bursa

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Osmangazi Orhangazi Turbesi
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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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Gulbahar Hatun Tomb, see the interesting displays at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, see the interesting displays 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 photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Trabzon trip planner.

Fly from Bursa to Trabzon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Trabzon can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Trabzon

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Culture Museum
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 29:
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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.
Get outdoors at Goreme National Park and Gulludere Vadisi. Get a sense of the local culture at Goreme Open-Air Museum and Cappadocia Cave Dwellings. Next up on the itinerary: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Peri Bacalari, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and trot along with Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Urgup driving holiday planner.

Fly from Trabzon to Urgup in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Trabzon in March, Urgup is a bit cooler at night with lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Urgup

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goreme, Peri Bacalari, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, Vaftizci Yahya Kilisesi, Uchisar Castle
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 2:
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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): explore the fascinating underground world of Selime Monastery, then admire the verdant scenery at Ihlara Valley, and then explore the ancient world of Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uzumlu Kilise, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Red Church, then steep yourself in history at Sivisli Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kilise Camii, and finally contemplate the long history of Guzelyurt Valley Monastery.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Guzelyurt road trip site.

You can drive from Urgup to Guzelyurt in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time 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
Selime Monastery ©
Selime Monastery
Ihlara Valley ©
Ihlara Valley

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, stop by Kaleici, and then admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Antalya trip builder tool.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 5:
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Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Lower Duden Waterfalls ©
Lower 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and Anatolia Cemetery. Take a break from the city and head to Hierapolis and Balloon Rides. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, take in the natural beauty of Cleopatra Pools, Head underground at Kaklik Cave, and contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale online journey builder.

Drive from Antalya to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 8:
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Cleopatra Pools ©
Cleopatra Pools

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.
Ancient City of Ephesus and Bibliotheque de Celsus are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, steep yourself in history at Public Latrine, see the interesting displays at TCDD Tren Muzesi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Basilica of Saint John.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Pamukkale to Selcuk by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 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
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 12:
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)

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