12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  3​h
1
Goreme
— 2 nights
Bus:  8​h
2
Antalya
— 1 night
Bus:  3​h
3
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Fethiye
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Kuwait City

2
nights
Goreme

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.
Sultans Ceramic has been added to your itinerary. It doesn't end there: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and explore the world behind art at Naile Art Gallery.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme visit planner .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Goreme is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Kuwait City in June: high temperatures in Goreme hover around 32°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Sultans Ceramic, Naile Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Sultans Ceramic ©
Sultans Ceramic
Naile Art Gallery ©
Naile Art Gallery

1
night
Antalya

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Lower Duden Waterfalls, Antalya Muzesi, Kaleici, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate, wander the streets of Kaleici, then examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, then take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Falez Park, explore the ancient world of Perge Ancient City, and then admire the sheer force of Kursunlu Waterfalls.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Antalya trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Goreme to Antalya in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Goreme in June; daily highs in Antalya reach 36°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Old City Marina ©
Old City Marina
Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hierapolis as well as Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Antalya to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools

3
nights
Fethiye

Fethiye ©
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
You've added Old Orient Carpet and Kilim Bazaar, Oludeniz, Calis Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Downtown Fethiye, then explore the activities along Oludeniz, and then stroll through Calis Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): stop by Old Orient Carpet and Kilim Bazaar.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Fethiye online day trip planner .

Drive from Pamukkale to Fethiye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Fethiye

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Oludeniz ©
Oludeniz
Downtown Fethiye ©
Downtown Fethiye
Old Orient Carpet and Kilim Bazaar ©

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Suleymaniye Cami , Walking tours, Dervis Bath Accessories & Ethnic Textiles, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and make a trip to Miniaturk.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip planning website .

Getting from Fethiye to Istanbul by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Fethiye in June, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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