39 days in Turkey Itinerary

39 days in Turkey Itinerary

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39 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Santo Angelo
Fly + Drive:  32​h
1
Selcuk
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Oludeniz
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Bus:  4​h 45​min
4
Ankara
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Guzelyurt
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Urgup
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Istanbul
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Edirne
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Santo Angelo

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: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, don't miss a visit to Curetes Street, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and examine the collection at Maket Koy.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Selcuk road trip planning tool .

Santo Angelo, Brazil to Selcuk is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Selcuk are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

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
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, contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pamukkale driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Bagbasi Mesire Yeri
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Balloon Rides

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 10th (Fri), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, trek along The Lycian Way, and then appreciate the history behind Tayyareci Fethi Bey Aniti. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Babadag, then get your game on at Hisaronu f1, then kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI, and finally look for gifts at Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Oludeniz tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Pamukkale to Oludeniz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Oludeniz, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Ankara.

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
Hisaronu f1 ©
Hisaronu f1

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ankara: Camlidere (CamlIdere Baraji & Samarkand was the mausoleum of Sheikh Ali) and Nur Camii (in Kirikkale). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Anitkabir, look for gifts at Mohair&Angora Flagship Store, browse the eclectic array of goods at Suluhan Carsisi, and take an in-depth tour of Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Ankara itinerary planner.

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Oludeniz to Ankara in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Oludeniz in January: highs in Ankara hover around 1°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Camlidere, Nur Camii
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Anitkabir ©
Anitkabir
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi
CamlIdere Baraji ©
CamlIdere Baraji

4
nights
Guzelyurt

Guzelyurt ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Guzelyurt: Nigde (Nigde Museum, Eski Gumusler Monastery, & more) and Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, St.Theodore Church, & more).

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Guzelyurt tour itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Ankara to Guzelyurt in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Urgup.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Derinkuyu, Nigde
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Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Selime Monastery ©
Selime Monastery
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery ©
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery

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.
Urgup is known for nature, historic sites, museums, classes, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, stroll through Pasabag, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Urgup tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Guzelyurt to Urgup by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Urgup

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Goreme, Uchisar, Avanos, Ortahisar Abdioglu Camii
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Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

7
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: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take a stroll through Ortakoy, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Urgup to Istanbul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Urgup in January: highs in Istanbul hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Edirne.

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

4
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: Ataturk Evi (in Kirklareli), Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Camii (in Luleburgaz) and Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu) (in Uzunkopru). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Selimiye Mosque, look for gifts at Edirne Saray Sekerleme, pause for some photo ops at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Heykeli, and snap pictures at Meric River Bridge.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Edirne road trip app .

You can drive from Istanbul to Edirne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

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

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