21 days in Turkey Itinerary

21 days in Turkey Itinerary

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21 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Canakkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Izmir
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Antalya
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h
6
Goreme
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Istanbul
— 3 nights
End: Istanbul

4
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: browse the exhibits of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary builder app .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In April, daytime highs in Istanbul are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Canakkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

2
nights
Canakkale

Canakkale ©
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the history at Troy (Truva), then pause for some photo ops at Canakkale Truva Heykeli, then witness the site of a historic battle at Gallipoli Battlefield, and finally explore the historical opulence of Bigali Kalesi. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Canakkale Sehitleri Aniti and then learn about all things military at Canakkale Naval Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Canakkale trip planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Canakkale by combination of train and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Izmir.

Things to do in Canakkale

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Eceabat
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Troy (Truva) ©
Troy (Truva)
Canakkale Naval Museum ©
Canakkale Naval Museum
Bigali Kalesi ©
Bigali Kalesi

3
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.
Izmir is known for shopping, parks, historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront at Kordonboyu, admire the landmark architecture of Fatih Cinili Cami, explore the ancient world of Agora Open Air Museum, and make a trip to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower).

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Izmir day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Canakkale to Izmir in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Canakkale in April, Izmir is a bit warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Izmir Wild Life Park ©
Izmir Wild Life Park
Kordonboyu ©
Kordonboyu
Tarihi Asansor ©
Tarihi Asansor

1
night
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 14th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then admire the sheer force of Guney Selalesi.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale day trip planning site .

You can drive from Izmir to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Guney Selalesi
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Guney Selalesi ©
Guney Selalesi

4
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Side (Ancient Theater, Temple of Apollo, & more). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Kaleici, delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City, see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, and admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Antalya travel planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Antalya by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Antalya are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Manavgat
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Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo
Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Perge Ancient City ©
Perge Ancient City

3
nights
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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, nature, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the world behind art at Guray Museum, take an in-depth tour of Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, and explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Goreme trip planning tool .

Fly from Antalya to Goreme in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Antalya in April; daily highs in Goreme reach 22°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Guray Museum
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Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

3
nights
Istanbul

Enjoy Istanbul some more: wander the streets of Ortakoy, admire the striking features of Rustem Pasha Mosque, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cinili Mosque.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Walking tours
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy
Bosphorus Strait ©
Bosphorus Strait

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