57 days in Turkey Itinerary

57 days in Turkey Itinerary

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57 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  13​h
1
Istanbul
— 11 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Urgup
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Guzelyurt
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ankara
— 8 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  4​h 45​min
5
Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Pamukkale
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Selcuk
— 9 nights
Drive:  6​h
8
Gallipoli
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Edirne
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h
End: Toronto

11
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), admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Istanbul tour itinerary builder tool .

Toronto, Canada to Istanbul is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Istanbul is 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in December; daily highs in Istanbul reach 7°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 18:
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

7
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.
Step out of Urgup with an excursion to Gore Harabeleri in Gore--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Urgup trip tool .

Getting from Istanbul to Urgup by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for little chillier nights in Urgup, with lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Goreme, Uchisar, Avanos, Ortahisar Abdioglu Camii, Gore Harabeleri
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 25:
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Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

4
nights
Guzelyurt

Guzelyurt ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Guzelyurt: Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, St.Theodore Church, & more) and Nigde (Eski Gumusler Monastery & Alaeddin Camii).

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Guzelyurt online trip planner .

You can drive from Urgup to Guzelyurt in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Derinkuyu, Alaeddin Camii
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
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Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Selime Monastery ©
Selime Monastery
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery ©
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery

8
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ankara: Camlidere (CamlIdere Baraji & Samarkand was the mausoleum of Sheikh Ali) and Kirikkale (Nur Camii & Cesnigir Koprusu). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Anitkabir, hunt for treasures at Suluhan Carsisi, stop by Pia Stop-coffee.shoes.accessories, and get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ankara trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Guzelyurt to Ankara takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kirikkale, Camlidere
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 6:
Highlights from your plan
Anitkabir ©
Anitkabir
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi
CamlIdere Baraji ©
CamlIdere Baraji

2
nights
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 7th (Tue), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then trek along The Lycian Way, and then pause for some photo ops at Tayyareci Fethi Bey Aniti. Keep things going the next day: 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.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Oludeniz trip planner .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Ankara to Oludeniz in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Ankara in January, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Oludeniz: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fethiye, Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Babadag ©
Babadag
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI

4
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.
Explore Pamukkale's surroundings by going to Aphrodisias (in Geyre) and Buldan Suleymanli Yayla (in Buldan). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, and contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale visit site .

Getting from Oludeniz to Pamukkale by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bagbasi Mesire Yeri, Buldan Suleymanli Yayla, Aphrodisias
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Balloon Rides

9
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.
Go for a jaunt from Selcuk to Germencik to see Magnesia Antik Kenti about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at 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 look for gifts at Celsus Ceramic.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk online vacation planner .

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Selcuk can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Magnesia Antik Kenti
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 21:
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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
Gallipoli

Gallipoli ©
The Gallipoli peninsula is located in the southern part of East Thrace, the European part of Turkey, with the Aegean Sea to the west and the Dardanelles strait to the east.Gallipoli is the Italian form of the Greek name "Καλλίπολις" (Kallípolis), meaning "Beautiful City", the original name of the modern town of Gelibolu. Get out of town with these interesting Gallipoli side-trips: Eceabat (Eceabat Tarihe SaygI Aniti, Seyit Onbasi Monument, & more). And it doesn't end there: witness the site of a historic battle at Gallipoli National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi, make a trip to Hellas Memorial, and contemplate the long history of Saruca Pasa Hamami.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Gallipoli trip planner .

You can drive from Selcuk to Gallipoli in 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Edirne.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Eceabat
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
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Anzac Cove ©
Anzac Cove
Hellas Memorial ©
Hellas Memorial
BayraklI Baba Turbesi ©
BayraklI Baba Turbesi

7
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. Get out of town with these interesting Edirne side-trips: Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Camii (in Luleburgaz), Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu) (in Uzunkopru) and Ataturk Evi (in Kirklareli). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Selimiye Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dar-ul Hadis Camii, examine the collection at Edirne Kent Muzesi, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Selimiye Arasta Carsisi.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Edirne trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gallipoli to Edirne takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Rustem Pasha Mosque, Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Camii, Ataturk Evi, Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu)
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Selimiye Mosque ©
Selimiye Mosque
Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum ©
Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum
Meric River Bridge ©
Meric River Bridge

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