21 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Ankara
— 3 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Selcuk
— 3 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Istanbul
— 8 nights
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Ankara — 3 nights

Heart of Turkey

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.
Ankara is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haci Musa Camii, and make a trip to Musa aga camii.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ankara trip itinerary planner.

Chennai, India to Ankara is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Chennai to Ankara due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Chennai in February: high temperatures in Ankara hover around 5°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Goreme.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums
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Goreme, Cappadocia — 4 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, and slough off your stress at Turkish baths.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Goreme online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Ankara to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Ankara in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 12°C by day to -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Selcuk.
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Selcuk — 3 nights

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, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, see the interesting displays at Camlik Locomotive Museum, contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Selcuk: highs are around 16°C and lows about 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale — 2 nights

Cotton Castle

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 (Thu): push the limits with an extreme tour, take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Dogan Onyx factory and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can fly to Istanbul.
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Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Shopping
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Istanbul — 8 nights

Queen of Cities

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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, examine the collection at Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Pamukkale to Istanbul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Turkey travel guide

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Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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