13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

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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

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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.
On the 25th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, stop by Mısır Çarşısı, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rustem Pasha Mosque, and admire the striking features of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Istanbul tour itinerary planner.

Lahore, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Lahore to Istanbul, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Lahore in December, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, then steep yourself in history at Public Latrine, and finally go for a walk through Cittantica Ephesus Park. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: 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.

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Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Selcuk takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect nights in Selcuk to be slightly colder, around 3°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

1
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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 (Tue), witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then admire the sheer force of Guney Selalesi, and finally explore the ancient world of Laodikeia.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

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 photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Oludeniz trip planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Oludeniz by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In December in Oludeniz, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. You will leave for Antalya on the 30th (Wed).

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

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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.
On the 30th (Wed), wander the streets of Kaleici, then go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, and then steep yourself in history at Hadrian's Gate. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, and then explore the ancient world of Perge Ancient City.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya trip builder site.

You can drive from Oludeniz to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In December in Antalya, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

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Guzelyurt, Cappadocia

On the 1st (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Selime Monastery, admire the verdant scenery at Ihlara Valley, and then steep yourself in history at Guzelyurt Valley Monastery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Guzelyurt trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Antalya to Guzelyurt. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ankara Castle, then see the interesting displays at Altindag Belediyesi Sair ve Yazarlar Evi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii). On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, admire the landmark architecture of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii), and then delve into the distant past at Roman Wall.

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Traveling by car from Guzelyurt to Ankara takes 3 hours. January in Ankara sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Ankara

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

1
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Istanbul

Queen of Cities

Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): 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, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Ankara to Istanbul by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, Istanbul is a bit warmer than Ankara - with highs of 10°C and lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.7
History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
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.