21 days in Turkey Itinerary

21 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
2
Canakkale
— 2 nights
3
Izmir
— 3 nights
4
Pamukkale
— 1 night
5
Antalya
— 4 nights
6
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
7
Istanbul
— 3 nights

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 historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Istanbul tour site.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Istanbul Airport, Atatürk International Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Canakkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): witness the site of a historic battle at Troy (Truva), appreciate the history behind Canakkale Truva Heykeli, thentake in the history at Gallipoli Battlefield, and finally step into the grandiose world of Bigali Kalesi. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Canakkale Sehitleri Aniti and then learn about all things military at Canakkale Naval Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Canakkale, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Istanbul to Canakkale by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Canakkale

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Eceabat
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Troy (Truva) ©
Troy (Truva)
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, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu, don't miss a visit to Tarihi Asansor, delve into the distant past at Agora Open Air Museum, and admire the striking features of Fatih Cinili Cami.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Izmir trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Canakkale to Izmir takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Izmir when traveling from Canakkale in April, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive 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): steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then admire the sheer force of Guney Selalesi.

Plan my day in Pamukkale using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Izmir to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Antalya side-trips: Side (Ancient Theater, Temple of Apollo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, visit Kaleici, examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, and delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Antalya online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Pamukkale to Antalya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Manavgat
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 18:
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Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo
Lower Duden Waterfalls ©
Lower Duden Waterfalls
Kaleici ©
Kaleici

3
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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Goreme planning app.

Traveling by flight from Antalya to Goreme takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Antalya in April: high temperatures in Goreme hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Guray Museum, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 21:
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

3
nights
Istanbul

See even more of Istanbul: steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, explore the galleries of Rumeli Fortress, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cinili Mosque.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul road trip planner.

Getting from Goreme to Istanbul by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in April, Istanbul is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °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
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Bosphorus Strait ©
Bosphorus Strait

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