11 days in Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Bursa
— 1 night
Drive
3
Bolu
— 1 night
Drive
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Istanbul

— 4 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, and explore the world behind art at Chora Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planning tool.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in May, things will get colder in Istanbul: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

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 31st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Somuncu Baba FIrInI ve Cilehanesi, then delve into the lush surroundings at Karacabey Longoz Ormanlari, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isabey CAMii, and finally admire the striking features of Ulu Cami.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bursa online day trip planner.

Drive from Istanbul to Bursa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Bolu.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Bolu

— 1 night
Bolu is a city in Turkey, and administrative center of the Bolu Province. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bolu Golcuk Tabiat Parki.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bolu road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Bursa to Bolu in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Bolu

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Goreme online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Bolu to Goreme takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Hierapolis and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip builder.

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

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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.