27 days in Turkey Itinerary

27 days in Turkey Itinerary

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27 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  14​h
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Ankara
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
3
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
4
Kas
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Antalya
— 1 night
Fly + train:  3​h 15​min
6
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Bodrum City
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Izmir
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
10
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Singapore

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pierre Loti Tepesi, then admire the striking features of Yeni Cami, then get engrossed in the history at Istanbul Archaeological Museums, and finally stop by Jennifer's Hamam. Keep things going the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul tour site .

Singapore, Singapore to Istanbul is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Istanbul is minus 5 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in March; daily highs in Istanbul reach 14°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi ©
Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi
Yeni Camii ©
Yeni Camii

3
nights
Ankara

Ankara ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Ankara Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ankara Citadel (Hisar), steep yourself in history at Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi, get to know the fascinating history of Hamamonu Restored Area, then get engrossed in the history at II. Turkiye Buyuk Millet Meclisi Cumhuriyet Muzesi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii). On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii), get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aslanhane Camis, and finally view the masterpieces at Cer Modern.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Istanbul to Ankara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. In March, Ankara is little chillier than Istanbul - with highs of 11°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi ©
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi
Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii) ©

2
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

Goreme ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Goreme Acikhava Muzesi, then take an in-depth tour of Zelve Open Air Museum, then examine the collection at Guray Museum, and finally look for gifts at Sultan Carpet. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Ankara to Goreme by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Ankara, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 1°C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kas.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kocabag Winery, Guray Museum, Zelve Open Air Museum
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Zelve Open Air Museum ©
Zelve Open Air Museum
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

3
nights
Kas

Kas ©
An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): stroll through Kaputas Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the exciting artwork at Tugra Art Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Atelier Thalia. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at LikyaArt, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, see the interesting displays at Santa Claus Museum, then delve into the distant past at Myra Antik Kenti, and finally explore the ancient world of Rock tombs in Myra.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kas journey planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Goreme to Kas in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Goreme in March: high temperatures in Kas hover around 21°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Kas

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Demre (Kale)
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 20:
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Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Myra Antik Kenti ©
Myra Antik Kenti
Church of St. Nicholas ©
Church of St. Nicholas

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Wed), buy something for everyone on your list at 5M Migros Shopping Center, browse the range of quality goods at Balon Park, and then examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Devlet Guzel Sanatlar Galerisi, admire the landmark architecture of Yivli Minaret Mosque, then look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, and finally wander the streets of Kaleici.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Antalya visit planner .

You can drive from Kas to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Antalya are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Antalya

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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5M Migros Shopping Center ©
5M Migros Shopping Center
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi
Yivli Minaret Mosque ©
Yivli Minaret Mosque

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, then see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and finally take a stroll through Sirince Koyu. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of The Terrace Houses, steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, admire the natural beauty at Camlik Locomotive Museum, then explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and finally delve into the distant past at Celsus Kutuphanesi.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Selcuk trip itinerary tool .

Do a combination of flight and train from Antalya to Selcuk in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Selcuk when traveling from Antalya in March, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sirince Koyu
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Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ephesus Terrace Houses ©
Ephesus Terrace Houses

2
nights
Bodrum City

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
On the 24th (Sun), shop like a local with Dibeklihan, kick back and relax at Bitez Beach, then explore the ancient world of Bodrum Amphitheater, and finally learn about winemaking at Vinbodrum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, then explore the historical opulence of Castle of St. Peter, then get some fabulous bargains at Moden Leather Shop, and finally do a tasting at Karnas Vineyards.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bodrum City travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Bodrum City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Bodrum City when traveling from Selcuk in March, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Izmir.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Wineries Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Dibeklihan
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Vinbodrum ©
Vinbodrum
Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter
Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology ©

2
nights
Izmir

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Ataturk Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Arkas Art Center, then view the masterpieces at Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center, and finally learn about winemaking at Urla Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hisar Mosque, then examine the collection at Key Museum, and then buy something for everyone on your list at MaviBahce Shopping Center.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Izmir holiday maker tool .

Getting from Bodrum City to Izmir by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Bodrum City in March, with highs in Izmir at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Izmir

Museums Shopping Wineries

Side Trip

Urla Winery
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:
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Key Museum ©
Key Museum
Ataturk Museum ©
Ataturk Museum
Hisar Mosque ©
Hisar Mosque

5
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
Sultanahmet District and Basilica Cistern will appeal to history buffs. Head to Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Streetfor plenty of shopping. Enjoy Istanbul some more: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, wander the streets of Ortakoy, take an in-depth tour of Rumeli Fortress, and admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya).

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul day trip site .

Getting from Izmir to Istanbul by combination of flight and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Izmir in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 14°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, take a stroll through Karahayit, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis & Pamukkale, and finally do a tasting at Pamukkale Winery. On the next day, take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, delve into the distant past at Aphrodisias, and then examine the collection at Afrodisias Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip planner .

Getting from Istanbul to Pamukkale by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Denizli, Aphrodisias, Afrodisias Museum
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Aphrodisias ©
Aphrodisias
Afrodisias Museum ©
Afrodisias Museum

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