11 days in Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip itinerary maker

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Fly
1
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Bursa
— 1 night
Drive
3
Bolu
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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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.
Bring the kids along to Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Step off the beaten path and head to Sultanahmet Square and Eyüp Sultan Mosque. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, stroll around Gulhane Park, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and explore the activities along Halic.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip maker.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in May, with highs in Istanbul at 25°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Museums

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.
On the 30th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isabey CAMii, then contemplate the long history of Koza Hani, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulu Cami.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bursa trip itinerary site.

Getting from Istanbul to Bursa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Bursa are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bolu.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Shopping

Bolu

— 2 nights
Bolu is a city in Turkey, and administrative center of the Bolu Province. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Abant Nature Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Aladag Goleti Ve Milli ParkI and then explore the activities along Lake Golcuk.

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Drive from Bursa to Bolu in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Bolu

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
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.
On the 2nd (Tue), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, then explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, and finally stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Goreme trip planner.

You can drive from Bolu to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In June, daytime highs in Goreme are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Pamukkale

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · 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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.