20 days in Turkey Itinerary

20 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey travel planner

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Istanbul
— 7 nights
Fly
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Ankara
— 4 nights
Bus
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Selcuk
— 2 nights
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Istanbul

— 7 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 Chora Museum. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul travel planning app.

Los Angeles, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 11 hour difference. When traveling from Los Angeles in January, plan for colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 48°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Ankara.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Ankara

— 4 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Family-friendly places like Anitkabir and Yargitay will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Natural History Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Tacettin Sultan Cami, take an in-depth tour of 1. TBMM Kurtulus Savasi Muzesi, and don't miss a visit to Musa aga camii.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Ankara vacation planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Ankara in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, Ankara is a bit cooler than Istanbul - with highs of 35°F and lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

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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 14th (Fri) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Goreme trip planner.

Take a bus from Ankara to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Ankara in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Goreme, with highs around 41°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to fly to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery and then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis. Here are some ideas for day two: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Pamukkale road trip site.

Fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Troy Tours.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 36°F at night. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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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.