42 days in Turkey Itinerary

42 days in Turkey Itinerary

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42 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  8​h
1
Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Kas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Fethiye
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Marmaris
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Bodrum City
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
8
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
9
Ankara
— 2 nights
+3
bus + Fly + foot + shuttle:  4​h
10
Alanya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Antalya
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

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: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and hunt for treasures at Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi).

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Lisbon, Portugal to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Lisbon to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lisbon in February: highs in Istanbul hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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 16th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Hierapolis & Pamukkale and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pamukkale Natural Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Pamukkale travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Pamukkale when traveling from Istanbul in February, with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Historic Sites
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Pamukkale Natural Park ©
Pamukkale Natural Park
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis

3
nights
Kas

Kas ©
An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kaputas Beach and Mencilis Art Silver. Get out of town with these interesting Kas side-trips: Patara (Arch of Triumph & Patara Plajı) and Kalkan (Class Leather, Yardan Unique & Bespoke Jewellery, & more). And it doesn't end there: stop by Silver Harmoni, take in breathtaking views at Gombe Yaylasi, and shop like a local with Tugra Art Gallery.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kas trip builder website .

Drive from Pamukkale to Kas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Pamukkale in February, with highs in Kas at 18°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Kalkan, Patara
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Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Silver Harmoni ©
Silver Harmoni
Mencilis Art Silver ©
Mencilis Art Silver

4
nights
Fethiye

Fethiye ©
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oludeniz and Calis Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Fethiye: Babadag (in Oludeniz), Dalyan (Lycian Rock Tombs & Kaunos) and Bazaar Anatolia (in Gocek). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Downtown Fethiye, take a stroll through Old Town, delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Telmessos, and don't miss a visit to Kibyra.

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You can drive from Kas to Fethiye in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February in Fethiye, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Marmaris.

Things to do in Fethiye

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dalyan, Babadag, Bazaar Anatolia
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Kaunos ©
Kaunos
Babadag ©
Babadag
Old Town ©
Old Town

4
nights
Marmaris

Marmaris ©
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dalyan Nehri and Dalyan. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Icmeler Beach, stop by Homemade By Rachel, Marmaris, stroll through Carian Trail, and get outside with Mar.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Marmaris online vacation planner .

You can drive from Fethiye to Marmaris in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February in Marmaris, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Icmeler, Carian Trail
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Dalyan Nehri ©
Dalyan Nehri
Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach
Sogut AgacI Cafe & Atolye ©
Sogut AgacI Cafe & Atolye

4
nights
Bodrum City

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Step off the beaten path and head to Castle of St. Peter and Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Explore Bodrum City's surroundings by going to Milas (Gumuskesen Monument & Euromos Ruins). The adventure continues: go for a stroll along the water at Port Bodrum Yalikavak, savor the flavors at Tuna Beach, explore and take pictures at Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA), and delve into the distant past at Pedasa Antique City.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bodrum City tour planner.

You can drive from Marmaris to Bodrum City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or ride a ferry. February in Bodrum City sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Selcuk.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Milas, Yalikavak Marina, Dibeklihan
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Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter
Yalikavak Marina ©
Yalikavak Marina

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Celsus Kutuphanesi and Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, take a stroll through Sirince Koyu, and stop by Sultan Carpet and Kilim.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip planning site .

You can take a bus from Bodrum City to Selcuk in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Bodrum City in March, Selcuk is a bit warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Sirince Koyu
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu
Ephesus Terrace Houses ©
Ephesus Terrace Houses

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Balloon Rides and Cappadocia Cave Dwellings. Change things up with a short trip to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu (about 38 minutes away). Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. There's still lots to do: appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, make a trip to Kaymakli Underground City, explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, and stop by Art By Emre.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Goreme trip maker .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Selcuk to Goreme in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Selcuk in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Goreme, with lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urgup, Derinkuyu, Uchisar Castle
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Gulludere Vadisi ©
Gulludere Vadisi
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Balloon Rides

2
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.
On the 12th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eski Gumusler Monastery, admire the landmark architecture of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii), and then get engrossed in the history at Ataturk Mausoleum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Hamamonu Restored Area, stop by Kibele Kale, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, and finally explore the ancient world of Ankara Citadel (Hisar).

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ankara trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Goreme in March: highs in Ankara hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Alanya.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Eski Gumusler Monastery
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AnItkabir ©
AnItkabir
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi ©
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi

3
nights
Alanya

Alanya ©
A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alanya Kalesi (Castle) and Dim Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Alanya: Manavgat Waterfall and River (in Manavgat) and Side (Side Museum & Greek Amphitheater). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Dim River, kick back and relax at Kleopatra Beach, steep yourself in history at Kizil kule, and don't miss a visit to Alanya Shipyard.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Alanya journey builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ankara to Alanya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Alanya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manavgat, Kizilkule
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Dim River ©
Dim River
Alanya Kalesi ©
Alanya Kalesi
Greek Amphitheater ©
Greek Amphitheater

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Duden Waterfalls and Antalya Muzesi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antalya: Phaselis Antique City (in Tekirova), Aspendos Ruins and Theater (in Serik) and The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club (in Belek). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Perge Ancient City, go for a stroll along the water at Kaleici Marina, appreciate the history behind Ataturk Monument, and contemplate the long history of Hadrian's Gate.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Antalya trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Alanya to Antalya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Antalya are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aspendos Ruins and Theater, Phaselis, The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 23:
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Perge Ancient City ©
Perge Ancient City
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi
Termessos ©
Termessos

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