16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey travel route maker

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Fly
1
Istanbul
Fly
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Antalya
— 2 nights
Bus
4
Fethiye
— 1 night
Drive
5
Bodrum City
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Fly
7
Istanbul
— 5 nights
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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 1st (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Ecumenical Patriarchate and then contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul tour itinerary maker tool.

Lahore, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lahore to Istanbul. Traveling from Lahore in December, you will find days in Istanbul are colder (7°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Dowry Carpet Capadocia.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Goreme day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. 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 by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Antalya

— 2 nights
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 4th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, and then take a stroll through Kaleici.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Antalya vacation app.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Goreme in December: high temperatures in Antalya hover around 19°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Fethiye.

Things to do in Antalya

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:

Fethiye

— 1 night
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stop by Old Town and then contemplate the long history of Downtown Fethiye. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Billy's Beach, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then see where the ancients bathed at Lycian D Spa & Turkish Bath.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Fethiye vacation builder website.

Traveling by bus from Antalya to Fethiye takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Fethiye, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Fethiye

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Spas · Baths

Side Trip

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and Castle of St. Peter. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bitez Beach, explore the ancient world of Bodrum Amphitheater, and see the interesting displays at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

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Traveling by car from Fethiye to Bodrum City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Fethiye in December, Bodrum City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:

Pamukkale

— 1 night

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 10th (Fri), witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale travel planning app.

Getting from Bodrum City to Pamukkale by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:

Istanbul

— 5 nights

Queen of Cities

Hagia Sophia Mosque and Ortakoy are good opportunities to explore the local culture. See some other sides of Istanbul: take a stroll through Taksim Square, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Istanbul road trip website.

Fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:

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.