13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip itinerary planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours
Fly
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
4
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive
5
Antalya
— 2 nights
Fly to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Drive to Guzelyurt
6
Guzelyurt, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Drive
7
Ankara
— 1 night
Fly
8
Istanbul
— 1 night
Fly

S M T W T F S
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26

2
nights
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.
On the 9th (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, admire the striking features of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, and look for gifts at Mısır Çarşısı.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Istanbul online trip itinerary maker.

Lahore, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Standard Time (PKT) to Turkey Time (TRT) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Lahore in December, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are cooler, around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:

2
nights
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 11th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of Public Latrine, and finally go for a walk through Cittantica Ephesus Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then look for gifts at Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, and finally wander the streets of Sirince Koyu.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Selcuk takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Selcuk, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then push the limits with an extreme tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Guney Selalesi, and finally delve into the distant past at Laodikeia.

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

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:

1
night
Oludeniz

Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Oludeniz tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Pamukkale to Oludeniz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Oludeniz sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. You will leave for Antalya on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:

2
nights
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.
On the 14th (Mon), stop by Kaleici, then take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, and then delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, then take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and then explore the ancient world of Perge Ancient City.

Plan a Antalya trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

1
night
Guzelyurt, Cappadocia

Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): Head underground at Selime Monastery, then admire the verdant scenery at Ihlara Valley, and then contemplate the long history of Guzelyurt Valley Monastery.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Guzelyurt tour itinerary tool.

Explore your travel options from Antalya to Guzelyurt with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

1
night
Ankara

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
On the 17th (Thu), get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, then delve into the distant past at Ankara Castle, then examine the collection at Altindag Belediyesi Sair ve Yazarlar Evi, and finally admire the striking features of Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii). Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, then admire the landmark architecture of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii), and then contemplate the long history of Roman Wall.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ankara trip maker.

You can drive from Guzelyurt to Ankara in 3 hours. In December in Ankara, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Ankara

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

1
night
Istanbul

Queen of Cities

Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia, and finally explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ankara to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ankara in December, things will get a bit warmer in Istanbul: highs are around 7°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:

Turkey travel guide

4.5
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.