13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

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13 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Bursa
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
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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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), enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary planning site .

St. Petersburg, Russia to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Petersburg in September, you will find days in Istanbul are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are much hotter (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulu Cami, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Green Tomb, and then pause for some photo ops at Tombs of Osman and Orhan.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bursa journey planning site .

Getting from Istanbul to Bursa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul in September, expect nights in Bursa to be little chillier, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites
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Ulu Cami ©
Ulu Cami
Green Tomb ©
Green Tomb

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.
On the 21st (Sat), take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, and finally enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, then Head underground at Kaklik Cave, and finally head outdoors with Pamukkale Balloons.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Bursa to Pamukkale takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Konya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Denizli
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

1
night
Konya

Konya ©
The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden, make a trip to Sille, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sems-i Tebrizi Tomb & Mosque, then explore the galleries of Mevlana Muzesi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aziziye Cami, and finally walk around Alaeddin Hill.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Konya day trip planning site .

Drive from Pamukkale to Konya in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Konya are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Derinkuyu.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mevlana Muzesi ©
Mevlana Muzesi
Aziziye Cami ©
Aziziye Cami
Sems-i Tebrizi Tomb & Mosque ©
Sems-i Tebrizi Tomb & Mosque

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): make a trip to Kaymakli Underground City, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Theodore Church, walk around HakkI Atamutlu Kultur Parki, then admire the striking features of Uzumlu Kilise, and finally stroll through Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Derinkuyu trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Konya to Derinkuyu takes 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) so you can 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

Urgup ©
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: stroll through Goreme National Park, get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), Head underground at Uchisar Castle, and get engrossed in the history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Urgup trip planner.

Traveling by car from Derinkuyu to Urgup takes an hour. September in Urgup sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goreme, Uchisar
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme

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