17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey attractions planner

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Selcuk
— 1 night
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Bursa
— 3 nights
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Istanbul
— 6 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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Antalya
— 3 nights
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Selcuk

— 1 night
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk travel route planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Selcuk is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Kuwait City in December, things will get slightly colder in Selcuk: highs are around 15°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to fly to Bursa.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums
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Bursa

— 3 nights
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Attractions like Ulu Cami and Ordekli Culture and Art Center make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bursa: Ataturk Kosku (in Termal) and Termal Cinarl Hiyaben Yolu (in Yalova). It doesn't end there: engage your brain at Merinos Enerji Muzesi and take in the spiritual surroundings of Somuncu Baba FIrInI ve Cilehanesi.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bursa driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Selcuk to Bursa in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Bursa, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Istanbul.

Things to do in Bursa

Side Trips

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hagia Sophia Mosque and Galata Tower. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

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You can drive from Bursa to Istanbul in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bursa in December: highs in Istanbul hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 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 27th (Mon) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles, and take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme day trip planning app.

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 little chillier nights in Goreme, with lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Antalya

— 3 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kaleici and Yivli Minaret Mosque. Go for a jaunt from Antalya to Side to see Q Spa & Wellness about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, walk around Ataturk ParkI, go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, and see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Antalya trip builder app.

Fly from Goreme to Antalya in 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Museums · Parks · Baths · Spas

Side Trip

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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.