38 days in United Kingdom, Istanbul & Goreme Itinerary

38 days in United Kingdom, Istanbul & Goreme Itinerary

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38 days in United Kingdom, Istanbul & Goreme Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  27​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
3
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
4
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h
5
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Pateley Bridge, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Dunkeld, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
10
Skegness, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Cambridge, United Kingdom
— 1 night
+3
Train + Subway + Train + Fly:  28​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

5
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi) as well as Mosaic Museum. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul itinerary builder tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Istanbul is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in December, expect Istanbul to be much colder, temps between 7°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
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.
Keep things going the next day: soar above the sights with a balloon tour and then get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Goreme trip maker .

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in December, Goreme is little chillier at night with lows of -3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for Aylesbury.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

3
nights
Aylesbury, United Kingdom

Aylesbury ©
Aylesbury is the county town of Buckinghamshire, England. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aylesbury: Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton), Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology (in Oxford) and St Peter's Church (in Upper Slaughter). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Westonbirt Arboretum, appreciate the history behind Ronnie Barker Statue, steep yourself in history at Waddesdon Manor, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at XT Brewery.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Aylesbury trip planner .

You can fly from Goreme to Aylesbury in 10 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Goreme to Aylesbury. Traveling from Goreme in December, expect Aylesbury to be a bit warmer, temps between 11°C and 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Aylesbury

Wildlife Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Westonbirt Arboretum, Malmesbury Market Cross, St Peter's Church, Cotswolds Distillery
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Cotswolds Distillery ©
Cotswolds Distillery
Westonbirt Arboretum ©
Westonbirt Arboretum
Malmesbury Market Cross ©
Malmesbury Market Cross

5
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, and steep yourself in history at Westminster Abbey.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the London travel planning website .

You can take a train from Aylesbury to London in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can take a train to Aylesbury.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

1
night
Aylesbury, United Kingdom

Aylesbury
On the 21st (Sat), pause for some photo ops at John Hampden Statue.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Aylesbury journey planner .

You can take a train from London to Aylesbury in an hour. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Pateley Bridge.
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

5
nights
Pateley Bridge, United Kingdom

Pateley Bridge ©
Pateley Bridge is a small market town in Nidderdale in the Borough of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pateley Bridge: St Michael and All Angels Church (in Hubberholme), Ingleton Waterfalls Trail (in Ingleton) and Aysgarth Falls (in Aysgarth). Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Barrow-in-Furness Town Hall, explore the ancient world of Fountains Abbey, see human ingenuity at work at Scar House Reservoir, and take in the exciting artwork at Simone Galleries.

Plan trip to Pateley Bridge with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Aylesbury to Pateley Bridge takes 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Pateley Bridge are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Dunkeld.

Things to do in Pateley Bridge

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Aysgarth Falls, Barrow-in-Furness Town Hall, Fountains Abbey, The Bowes Museum, Skipton Castle
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Aysgarth Falls ©
Aysgarth Falls
Barrow-in-Furness Town Hall ©
Barrow-in-Furness Town Hall
Malham Cove ©
Malham Cove

2
nights
Dunkeld, United Kingdom

Dunkeld ©
Dunkeld and Birnam are two adjacent towns in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. On the 27th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Birks of Aberfeldy and then browse the exhibits of The Glenturret Distillery. On your second day here, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery, steep yourself in history at The Scottish Crannog Centre, then take in the pleasant sights at The Hermitage Woodland Walk, and finally go for a walk through Birnam Oak.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Dunkeld itinerary planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pateley Bridge to Dunkeld. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Inverness.

Things to do in Dunkeld

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Aberfeldy, The Glenturret Distillery, The Scottish Crannog Centre
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The Glenturret Distillery ©
The Glenturret Distillery
The Scottish Crannog Centre ©
The Scottish Crannog Centre
The Naked Sheep ©
The Naked Sheep

4
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Cairngorm Mountain (in Aviemore) and Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh). There's much more to do: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, explore the historical opulence of Inverness Castle, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and explore the galleries of Castle Gallery.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Inverness travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Dunkeld to Inverness takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Inverness

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urquhart Castle, Cairngorm Mountain, Eilean Donan Castle
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Distillery Tours
Cairngorm Mountain ©
Cairngorm Mountain
Room Escape Games

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to The Royal Mile, appreciate the history behind Alexander and Bucephalus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Inverness to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. You will leave for Skegness on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Tours Childrens Museums
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Photography Tours
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat

1
night
Skegness, United Kingdom

Skegness ©
Skegness is a seaside town and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England, on the Lincolnshire coast of the North Sea, 43mi east of Lincoln. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take a leisurely stroll along Skegness Pier, identify plant and animal life at Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve, experience the excitement of Big Kidz Karting, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Skegness Aquarium, and finally pause for some photo ops at Skegness Clock Tower.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Skegness online itinerary planner .

Getting from Edinburgh to Skegness by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cambridge.

Things to do in Skegness

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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Natureland Seal Sanctuary ©
Natureland Seal Sanctuary
Skegness Clock Tower ©
Skegness Clock Tower

1
night
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Cambridge
Steeped in history and tradition, Cambridge is renowned for its ancient colleges and sprawling green gardens.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at IWM Duxford.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cambridge trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Skegness to Cambridge in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cambridge

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

IWM Duxford
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Fitzwilliam Museum
Fitzwilliam Museum
Room Escape Games
King's College Chapel ©
King's College Chapel

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