10 days in Turkey Itinerary

10 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey tour planner

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Urgup, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Drive
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Ankara
— 1 night
Drive
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Sapanca
— 1 night
Drive
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Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
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Bursa
— 1 night
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Urgup, Cappadocia

— 1 night
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 7th (Thu): stop by Antikite Ottoman, then explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and finally explore the historical opulence of Uchisar Castle.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Urgup online attractions planner.

Muscat, Oman to Urgup is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Muscat to Urgup is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Muscat in January, expect Urgup to be much colder, temps between 5°C and -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Ankara.

Things to do in Urgup

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ankara

— 1 night

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.
On the 8th (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at Yargitay, get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tacettin Sultan Cami, then steep yourself in history at Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi, and finally look for gifts at Pia Stop-coffee.shoes.accessories.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ankara travel planner.

Traveling by car from Urgup to Ankara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Urgup in January, expect nights in Ankara to be somewhat warmer, around 0°C, while days are little chillier, around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sapanca.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Sapanca

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): engage your brain at Kocaeli Bilim Merkezi and then take some stellar pictures from Seyir Terasi.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sapanca visit site.

You can drive from Ankara to Sapanca in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Ankara in January, you will find days in Sapanca are a bit warmer (9°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sapanca

Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trip

Istanbul

— 4 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves asĀ 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, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Istanbul online travel planner.

Getting from Sapanca to Istanbul by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sapanca in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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 formedĀ calcite bathing pools.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Bursa.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Bursa

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Isabey CAMii and then admire the landmark architecture of Ulu Cami.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bursa vacation website.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Bursa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites

Turkey travel guide

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Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.