11 days in Istanbul, Bursa & Pamukkale Itinerary

11 days in Istanbul, Bursa & Pamukkale Itinerary

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11 days in Istanbul, Bursa & Pamukkale Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Bursa
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Dubai

5
nights
Istanbul

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.
Attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Istanbul tour itinerary builder .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Dubai in July; daily highs in Istanbul reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Karacabey Longoz Ormanlari, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Emir Sultan Camii, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yesil Camii, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulu Cami. Here are some ideas for day two: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of I. Murat Hudavendigar Mosque, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Somuncu baba hazretleri.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bursa driving holiday website .

Drive from Istanbul to Bursa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bursa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Osmangazi
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Emir Sultan Camii ©
Emir Sultan Camii
Muradiye Camii ©
Muradiye Camii
I. Murat Hudavendigar Mosque ©
I. Murat Hudavendigar Mosque

3
nights
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, then delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Bursa to Pamukkale in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Laodikeia
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

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