12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + taxi:  9​h 30​min
1
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Bursa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Konya
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Derinkuyu, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Urgup, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Dubai


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2
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 17th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, then delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, then contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, and finally stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

Make your Pamukkale itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Pamukkale is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Thu), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then delve into the lush surroundings at Karacabey Longoz Ormanlari, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yesil Camii, and finally admire the striking features of Ulu Cami.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Bursa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Bursa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bursa can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Bursa

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Ulu Cami ©
Ulu Cami
Yesil Camii ©
Yesil Camii

3
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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip maker .

Drive from Bursa to Istanbul in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Bursa in September, expect nights in Istanbul to be somewhat warmer, around 26°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Konya.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
night
Konya

Konya ©
The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seyh Sadreddin Konevi Turbesi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Konya Kapu Cami, take an in-depth tour of Mevlana Muzesi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aziziye Cami, and finally stroll around Türk Yıldızları Parkı.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Konya travel site .

Fly from Istanbul to Konya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Konya: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Derinkuyu.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Konya Kapu Cami
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Mevlana Muzesi ©
Mevlana Muzesi
Türk Yıldızları Parkı ©
Türk Yıldızları Parkı
Aziziye Cami ©
Aziziye Cami

1
night
Derinkuyu, Cappadocia

Derinkuyu ©
Derinkuyu is a town and district of Nevşehir Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, contemplate the long history of Uzumlu Kilise, stroll around HakkI Atamutlu Kultur Parki, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Theodore Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Kaymakli Underground City.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Derinkuyu travel planner.

You can drive from Konya to Derinkuyu in 3 hours. September in Derinkuyu sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Urgup.

Things to do in Derinkuyu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Kaymakli Underground City ©
Kaymakli Underground City
HakkI Atamutlu  Kultur Parki ©
HakkI Atamutlu Kultur Parki

3
nights
Urgup, Cappadocia

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.
Urgup is known for nature, historic sites, classes, wineries, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the striking landscape at Peri Bacalari, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park, and look for gifts at Le Bazaar D'Orient.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Urgup trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Derinkuyu to Urgup takes an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Urgup can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goreme, Peri Bacalari
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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