13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey travel planner

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Antalya
— 2 nights
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Alanya
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ankara
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
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Antalya

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and then delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): take a stroll through Kaleici, then explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate, and then get curious at Deniz Biyolojisi Muzesi.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Antalya driving holiday planner.

Karachi, Pakistan to Antalya is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Standard Time (PKT) to Turkey Time (TRT) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Karachi in October, things will get little chillier in Antalya: highs are around 31°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Alanya.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Childrens Museums

Alanya

— 3 nights
A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
Explore hidden gems such as Ancient Theater and Temple of Apollo. Alanya Kalesi and Alarahan will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Alanya: Side (Şef Watersports, Tyche Tapinagi, &more). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Kizilkule, delve into the distant past at Hamaxia, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kleopatra Beach.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Alanya trip planner.

Getting from Antalya to Alanya by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Alanya

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Ankara

— 2 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
On the 8th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, then get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii). On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii), take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, and then get to know the fascinating history of Hamamonu Restored Area.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ankara trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Alanya to Ankara takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Ankara are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Historic Sites · Museums

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 10th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), step into the grandiose world of Uchisar Castle, then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and finally enjoy unforgettable views with Royal Balloon. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours and then Head underground at Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Goreme vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Ankara to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Ankara in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Goreme, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): look for gifts at Jennifer's Hamam, indulge in some personalized pampering at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Little Hagia Sophia, admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eyüp Sultan Mosque. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yeni Camii, then appreciate the history behind Sultanahmet Square, then take an in-depth tour of Istanbul Archaeological Museum, and finally stroll around Gulhane Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul road trip tool.

Fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Goreme, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

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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.