13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive
5
Bodrum City
— 1 night
Drive
6
Kas
— 1 night
Drive
7
Antalya
— 3 nights
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Istanbul

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, then appreciate the history behind Republic Monument, then take a stroll through Taksim Square, and finally wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul itinerary site.

Djerba Island, Tunisia to Istanbul is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 2 hours. When traveling from Djerba Island in December, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

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Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then do a tasting at Turasan Sarapcilik, and finally expand your horizons at Naile Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, contemplate the long history of Goreme National Park, then Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and finally get engrossed in the history at Zelve Open Air Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Goreme online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect little chillier with lows of -3°C in Goreme. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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Pamukkale

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 24th (Tue): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery. On the next day, head outdoors with Pamukkale Balloons, Head underground at Kaklik Cave, and then contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Pamukkale to Selcuk by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Selcuk can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

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Bodrum City

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the historical opulence of Castle of St. Peter, then examine the collection at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Yalikavak Marina.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bodrum City travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Bodrum City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Selcuk in December; daily highs in Bodrum City reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): head off the coast to Kekova Island and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kas travel planner.

You can drive from Bodrum City to Kas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Bodrum City in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Kas. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Aspendos Ruins and Theater and Hadrian's Gate. Step off the beaten path and head to Antalya Muzesi and Old City Marina. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antalya: Ancient Theater (in Side), Phaselis (in Tekirova) and Cirali Beach (in Cirali). There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Antalya route planning tool.

You can drive from Kas to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Antalya, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.