16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Antalya
— 1 night
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Istanbul
— 6 nights
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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 16th (Thu), go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina and then wander the streets of Kaleici. On your second day here, stroll around Karnaval Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and then admire the striking features of Yivli Minaret Mosque.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Antalya vacation builder tool.

Doha, Qatar to Antalya is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Doha in December, expect Antalya to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Goreme.

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Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 4 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.
Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. There's much more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the galleries of Goreme Open-Air Museum, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and explore the striking landscape at Zemi Valley.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Antalya to Goreme in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Antalya, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 6°C to lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Selcuk.

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Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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Selcuk

— 2 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
On the 22nd (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Ephesus Museum and then stop by Sultan Jewellery & Fine Handmade Ceramic Art.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Selcuk sightseeing site.

Getting from Goreme to Selcuk by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Goreme in December; daily highs in Selcuk reach 15°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Pamukkale

— 2 nights

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 24th (Fri), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale trip planner.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.

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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Istanbul

— 6 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.
Bring the kids along to Hagia Sophia Mosque and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, and visit Ortakoy.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul trip maker website.

Getting from Pamukkale to Istanbul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Istanbul sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to fly 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.