16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Fly
3
Antalya
— 1 night
Bus
4
Fethiye
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Izmir
— 3 nights
Fly
6
Istanbul
— 5 nights

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Rahmi M. Koc Museum and Miniaturk. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, buy something for everyone on your list at Forum Istanbul Alisveris Merkezi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Ecumenical Patriarchate, and visit Ortakoy.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planning app.

Lahore, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lahore to Istanbul is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Lahore in December, you will find days in Istanbul are much colder (7°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · 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 21st (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Zemi Valley and then look for gifts at Dowry Carpet Capadocia.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Goreme trip builder tool.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Goreme, with lows around -3°C. On the 22nd (Wed), you're off to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Shopping · Parks · Nature
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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.
On the 23rd (Thu), stroll around Karaalioglu Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yivli Minaret Mosque.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Antalya trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Goreme in December, with highs in Antalya at 19°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Fethiye.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
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Fethiye

— 2 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Downtown Fethiye, then take a stroll through Old Town, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fethiye trip planner.

You can take a bus from Antalya to Fethiye in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Fethiye

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas
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Izmir

— 3 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower) and Arkas Art Center. Next up on the itinerary: visit Kemeralti Market, examine the collection at Ataturk Museum, get engrossed in the history at Izmir Museum of History and Art, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Yali Mosque.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Izmir travel route planner.

Getting from Fethiye to Izmir by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Fethiye in December, you will find days in Izmir are a bit cooler (9°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Izmir

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Istanbul

— 5 nights

Queen of Cities

Step off the beaten path and head to Halic and Eminonu Square. Enjoy Istanbul some more: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, and enjoy breathtaking views from KIz Kulesi.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul day trip planning website.

Getting from Izmir to Istanbul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

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Turkey travel guide

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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.