30 days in Turkey Itinerary

30 days in Turkey Itinerary

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30 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + Drive:  10​h
1
Edirne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3​h 45​min
3
Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Selcuk
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
6
Guzelyurt
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Urgup
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Dubai

3
nights
Edirne

Edirne ©
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Edirne: Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu) (in Uzunkopru) and Ataturk Evi (in Kirklareli). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Selimiye Mosque, examine the collection at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum, snap pictures at Meric River Bridge, and stop by Edirne Saray Sekerleme.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Edirne fast, fun, and easy.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Edirne is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Edirne due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu), Ataturk Evi
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Selimiye Mosque ©
Selimiye Mosque
Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum ©
Meric River Bridge ©
Meric River Bridge

6
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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Istanbul itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Edirne to Istanbul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

2
nights
Oludeniz

Oludeniz ©
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
On the 11th (Wed), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stroll through Oludeniz PlajI, and then stroll around Sehit Fethi Bey ParkI. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along The Lycian Way, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag, and then look for gifts at Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Oludeniz trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Istanbul to Oludeniz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Oludeniz: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fethiye, Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Babadag ©
Babadag
Sehit Fethi Bey ParkI ©
Sehit Fethi Bey ParkI

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.
Pamukkale is known for nature, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale road trip website .

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Laodikeia
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

6
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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, theme parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis, get to know the fascinating history of Mermerli Yol, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Selcuk online travel planner .

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Guzelyurt.

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
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

3
nights
Guzelyurt

Guzelyurt ©
Get out of town with these interesting Guzelyurt side-trips: Derinkuyu (St.Theodore Church, Uzumlu Kilise, & more).

To see photos and other tourist information, go to the Guzelyurt driving holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from Selcuk to Guzelyurt with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Urgup.

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

6
nights
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.
When in Urgup, make a side trip to see Gore Harabeleri in Gore, approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get engrossed in the history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, and appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Urgup trip builder site .

Drive from Guzelyurt to Urgup in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Goreme, Gore Harabeleri, Alaturca Taner, Guray Museum
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Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

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