13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

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13 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Djerba Island
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Goreme
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 30​min
3
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Bodrum City
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Kas
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Antalya
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Djerba Island

2
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.
Start 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 get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, then appreciate the history behind Republic Monument, then wander the streets of Taksim Square, and finally wander the streets of Ortakoy.

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Djerba Island, Tunisia to Istanbul is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Djerba Island to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Djerba Island in December, plan for cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around 7°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

2
nights
Goreme

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), see Off-Road Tours, explore the historical opulence of Uchisar Castle, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then learn about winemaking at Turasan Sarapcilik, and finally explore the world behind art at Naile Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and finally get engrossed in the history at Zelve Open Air Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Goreme tour itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Goreme, with lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar, Zelve Open Air Museum
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, 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. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, Head underground at Kaklik Cave, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip maker .

Getting from Goreme to Pamukkale by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Selcuk trip builder site .

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Selcuk sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 3°C at night. 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
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu
Ephesus Terrace Houses ©
Ephesus Terrace Houses

1
night
Bodrum City

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
On the 27th (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, step into the grandiose world of Castle of St. Peter, then see the interesting displays at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Yalikavak Marina.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bodrum City trip 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. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Selcuk in December, with highs in Bodrum City at 20°C and lows at 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 Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Yalikavak Marina
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Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kekova Sound and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kas route planning site .

You can drive from Bodrum City to Kas in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or ride a ferry. Expect little chillier evenings in Kas when traveling from Bodrum City in December, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Kekova Sound
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Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cirali Beach and Aspendos Ruins and Theater. Get some cultural insight at Ancient Theater and Hadrian's Gate. Change things up with a short trip to Phaselis in Tekirova (about 1h 05 min away). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City, and go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Antalya itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kas to Antalya in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cirali Beach, Phaselis, Aspendos Ruins and Theater, Ancient Theater
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Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater
Cirali Beach ©
Cirali Beach
Phaselis ©
Phaselis

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