Itinerary Turkey road trip

12 days in Turkey: a country between two continents



Istanbul Blue Mosque


Why visit Turkey?

If you are wondering what are the reasons to visit Turkey by car, read my itinerary about what I think are the main stops of the "Turkey road trip".

A tour of Turkey by car will allow you to admire the Arab nation straddling two continents starting from the beautiful Istanbul and then continuing inland in the Cappadocia region where nature and man have excellently shaped the territory, nature is also the protagonist in Pamukkale and on Mount Chimera with unique shows of their kind.

March to September is the best time to visit Turkey.



Turkey on the road in 12 days




  • Istanbul 

Istanbul is a splendid city overlooking the Bosphorus between the Asian and European continents, its historic center is a World Heritage Site and its streets are full of life




  • Istanbul




  • Istanbul - Ankara (454 Km/282 mi)

Ankara is the capital of Turkey, considerable historical importance with its ancient citadel that dominates the city




  • Ankara - Tuz Golu (143 Km/88 mi)

Tuz Golu is an immense expanse of salt due to the drying up of a lake with high salinity


  • Tuz Golu - Göreme (177 Km/110 mi)

Göreme is a very particular town as all its buildings are completely excavated in the tuff making the landscape very suggestive, it is also the main base for visiting Cappadocia


Cappadocia sunset




  • Cappadocia 

Cappadocia is a territory characterized by its geological formations which, thanks to the atmospheric agents, have shaped it to create interesting landscapes, moreover there are many traces left by the man who dug into the tuff to obtain houses and places of worship




  • Göreme - Kaymakli (89 Km/55 mi)

Kaymakli is one of the many underground cities in this region of Turkey


  • Kaimakli - Ihlara valley (26 Km/16 mi)

In the Ihlara Valley it is possible to take walks surrounded by nature along the Melendiz Suyu river


  • Ihlara valley - Konya (188 Km/116 mi)

Konya is the main city of Anatolia and the most important center of Turkish medieval art




  • Konya - Mount Chimera (386 Km/239 mi)

Read my article "Mount Chimera: the fire mountain"


Monte Chimera flames




  • Mount Chimera - Patara (168 Km/104 mi)

Patara is a coastal place famous for being considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world with its 18 km of white sand




  • Patara - Hiearopolis (259 Km/161 mi)

Hiearopolis is an important archaeological site located near Pamukkale


  • Pamukkale

Pamukkale is an enchanted place, declared a UNESCO heritage site, its thermal pools of limestone origin draw a very suggestive white landscape

Read my article "Pamukkale: the cotton castle"


DAY 10


  • Pamukkale - Aphrodisias (96 Km/59 mi)

Aphrodisias is one of several Turkish archaeological sites protected by UNESCO


  • Aphrodisias - Efeso (162 Km/100 mi)

Ephesus is an important archaeological site considered one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world


DAY 11


  • Efeso - Izmir (82 Km/51 mi)

Izmir is a modern city that differs from typical Turkish cities


DAY 12


  • Izmir - Istanbul (478 Km/297 mi)


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