16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey route planner

Make it your trip
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Ecumenical Patriarchate and then steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul day trip planner.

Lahore, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lahore to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Lahore in December, plan for cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

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 25th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Goreme National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Dowry Carpet Capadocia.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Goreme tour planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Goreme, with lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

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.
On the 27th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, then examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, and then stop by Kaleici.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Antalya holiday tool.

You can fly from Goreme to Antalya in 3 hours. Other options are to 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 your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Fethiye.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Fethiye

— 1 night
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
On the 28th (Tue), wander the streets of Old Town and then contemplate the long history of Downtown Fethiye. On your second day here, get outside with Billy's Beach, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then admire the ancient design of Lycian D Spa & Turkish Bath.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fethiye trip planning tool.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Fethiye

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Baths

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Castle of St. Peter and Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Bitez Beach, examine the collection at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and explore the ancient world of Bodrum Amphitheater.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bodrum City trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Fethiye to Bodrum City by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Fethiye in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Bodrum City, with lows of 11°C. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

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 2nd (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Pamukkale tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bodrum City to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

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

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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:

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.