22 days in Turkey Itinerary

22 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly
2
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
Bus
5
Ankara
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Edirne
— 2 nights
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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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, stop by Ortakoy, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul day trip planner.

Islamabad, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 9-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Islamabad to Istanbul. While traveling from Islamabad, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Pamukkale.

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Pamukkale

— 3 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.
Pamukkale is known for nature, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery.

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Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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Selcuk

— 3 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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), stop by Sultan Jewellery & Fine Handmade Ceramic Art, and see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Selcuk online tour planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 5 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.
When in Goreme, make a side trip to see Kaymakli Underground City in Derinkuyu, approximately Derinkuyu away. Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic natural features at Zemi Valley, stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme route builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Goreme is a bit cooler than Selcuk - with highs of 6°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

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Ankara

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): examine the collection at Erimtan Arkeoloji ve Sanat Muzesi, learn more about the world around you at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): look for gifts at Mohair&Angora Flagship Store and then get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ankara road trip app.

Take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Goreme in December, Ankara is a bit warmer at night with lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Edirne.

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Edirne

— 2 nights
Edirne is a city in the northwestern Turkish province of Edirne in the region of East Thrace, close to Turkey's borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Selimiye Mosque.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Edirne attractions website.

Getting from Ankara to Edirne by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edirne

Museums · Historic Sites
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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.