8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— Few hours
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Bursa
— 1 day
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Kusadasi
— 1 day
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
5
Konya
— Few hours
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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Ankara
— Few hours
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Istanbul
— 1 night

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Istanbul

Istanbul

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.
To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Istanbul road trip planning site.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Istanbul is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jakarta to Istanbul is minus 4 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Jakarta in December; daily highs in Istanbul reach 7°C and lows reach 7°C. You'll set off for Bursa on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Istanbul

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Bursa

Bursa
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.
Ulu Cami has been added to your itinerary. On the 6th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Ulu Cami and then fly down the slopes at Uludag Ski Center.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Bursa vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Istanbul to Bursa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bursa, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Bursa

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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Kusadasi

Kusadasi ©
Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Isa Bey Mosque as well as Ancient City of Ephesus. On the 7th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus and then delve into the distant past at Isa Bey Mosque.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kusadasi road trip app.

Traveling by car from Bursa to Kusadasi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In December, Kusadasi is somewhat warmer than Bursa - with highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Mon) before leaving for Pamukkale.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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World heritage site
Ancient City of Ephesus
4.9

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night
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hierapolis. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Hierapolis.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale journey maker website.

You can drive from Kusadasi to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Konya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites
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World heritage site
Hierapolis
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Konya

Konya ©

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sultanhanı Kervansarayı. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire the striking features of Sultanhanı Kervansarayı.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Konya vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Konya in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Konya are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Goreme.

Things to do in Konya

Side Trip

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Architectural Building
Sultanhanı Kervansarayı
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Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) as well as Pasabag. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): stop by Sultans Seramik, take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag, and then get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Konya to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Goreme, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Shopping · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Sultans Seramik
4.5
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Geologic Formation
Pasabag
4.7
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Historic Walking Area
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley)
4.4

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Ankara

Ankara

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.
To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ankara trip itinerary maker app.

You can take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Goreme in December, Ankara is a bit warmer at night with lows of 2°C. You'll set off for Istanbul on the 10th (Thu).

Things to do in Ankara

Nightlife · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:

1
night
Istanbul

Istanbul ©

Queen of Cities

Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque and then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul vacation builder website.

Getting from Ankara to Istanbul by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ankara in December, with highs in Istanbul at 7°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Must see
Hagia Sophia
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