12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
1
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Bursa
Drive
3
Uludag National Park
Drive
4
Canakkale
— 1 night
Drive
5
Izmir
— 1 night
Drive
6
Selcuk
Drive
7
Pamukkale
Drive
8
Bodrum City
— 3 nights
Drive
9
Antalya
— 1 night
Fly
10
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Fly
11
Istanbul
— 1 night
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Istanbul

— 3 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.
On the 25th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Mosque, and finally get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yeni Valide Mosque Complex.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Istanbul online route planner.

New Delhi, India to Istanbul is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to Istanbul, you'll gain 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in December, you will find days in Istanbul are cooler (7°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Bursa

The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bursa trip planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Bursa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in December: highs in Bursa hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 6°C. You'll set off for Uludag National Park on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Bursa

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Uludag National Park

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Uludag National Park attractions planner.

Drive from Bursa to Uludag National Park in 1.5 hours. December in Uludag National Park sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C at night. You will leave for Canakkale on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Uludag National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports
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Canakkale

— 1 night
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
On the 28th (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Canakkale Truva Heykeli.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Canakkale trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Uludag National Park to Canakkale in 4.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Canakkale are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Izmir.
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Izmir

— 1 night

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Izmir trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Canakkale to Izmir in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Canakkale in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Izmir: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 6°C at night. You will leave for Selcuk on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Izmir

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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.
For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Selcuk online itinerary planner.

Drive from Izmir to Selcuk in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Izmir in December, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Selcuk: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 3°C at night. You'll set off for Pamukkale on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours · Museums
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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.
On the 29th (Wed), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip planner.

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
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Bodrum City

— 3 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Bodrum City is known for historic sites, museums, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Castle of St. Peter, enjoy the sand and surf at Bitez Beach, examine the collection at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and explore the ancient world of Bodrum Amphitheater.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bodrum City online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Bodrum City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
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Antalya

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take a stroll through Kaleici and then take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Antalya road trip planner.

Getting from Bodrum City to Antalya by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Bodrum City in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 6°C in Antalya. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum and then soar above the sights with Royal Balloon.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Goreme online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Antalya to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, Goreme is little chillier than Antalya - with highs of 5°C and lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
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Istanbul

— 1 night

Queen of Cities

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planning tool.

Fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Goreme in January: highs in Istanbul hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 10°C. On the 4th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Turkey travel guide

4.3
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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.5
History Museums · Geologic Formations · National Parks
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.