31 days in Vietnam & Turkey Itinerary

31 days in Vietnam & Turkey Itinerary

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31 days in Vietnam & Turkey Itinerary

Start: Nassau, Bahamas
Fly:  29 h
1
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h
2
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
+4
Ferry + Drive + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  6 h 30 min
3
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
6
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
7
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 30 min
8
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Selcuk, Turkey
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  3 h 45 min
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Nassau, Bahamas


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3
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see Off-Road Tours, and wander the streets of Old Quarter.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hanoi trip itinerary website.

Nassau, Bahamas to Hanoi is an approximately 29- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Nassau to Hanoi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Off-Road Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

1
night
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Halong Bay vacation planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay

3
nights
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, explore the striking landscape of Phong Nha Caves, and explore the fascinating underground world of Son Doong Cave.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip builder website.

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and taxi from Halong Bay to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

2
nights
Hue, Vietnam

Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
On the 11th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, and then steep yourself in history at Imperial City. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, and then take in the exciting artwork at Truc Chi Garden.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hue travel route planner.

Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

3
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
Hoi An is known for shopping, spas, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoi An holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Hoi An sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
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Food Tours
Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, then admire the striking features of Central Post Office, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and then make a trip to The Independence Palace.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City online travel route planner.

Getting from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Hoi An in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ho Chi Minh City: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

2
nights
Goreme, Turkey

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: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stop by Alaturca Taner, see Off-Road Tours, and admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Goreme online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Goreme in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Goreme, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in March; daily highs in Goreme reach 16°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Uchisar
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Pamukkale, Turkey

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 21st (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Bagbasi Mesire Yeri, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Pamukkale travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Bagbasi Mesire Yeri
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
Selcuk, Turkey

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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, examine the collection at Turkish Bath Museum, step into the grandiose world of Keci Kalesi, and stop by Sultan Carpet and Kilim.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Selcuk road trip website.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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TCDD Tren Muzesi ©
TCDD Tren Muzesi
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©

6
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Selcuk to Istanbul in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Selcuk in March, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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