8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly to Antalya International Airport, Drive to Kekova
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Kekova
— 1 night
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Fly
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Urgup, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly

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Kekova — 1 night

Kekova, also named Caravola, is a small Turkish island near Demre district of Antalya province which faces the villages of Kaleköy and Üçağız . Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stroll through Tersane Koyu and then cast your line with Kekova kardesim-m boat.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Kekova travel route planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Kekova is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale — 1 night

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.
On the 21st (Wed), stop by Dogan Onyx factory, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kekova to Pamukkale takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can fly to Istanbul.
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Istanbul — 3 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.
For shopping fun, head to Kapali Carsi or Yoruk Collection. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and browse the exhibits of Galata Tower.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul holiday planner.

Fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Istanbul are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Urgup.
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Urgup, Cappadocia — 2 nights

A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then stop by Kappo Gifts. Here are some ideas for day two: get into the urban bustle at Kapadokya Sanat ve Kultur Muzesi. and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Urgup travel route site.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Urgup takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for little chillier nights in Urgup, with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.
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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.
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