13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

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13 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
1
Istanbul
— 1 night
Drive:  8 h 30 min
2
Urgup
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Konya
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Antalya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
7
Bursa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
8
Istanbul
— 2 nights
End: Istanbul

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Tue), view the masterpieces at Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip maker.

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major aiports are Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In January in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Galata Tower ©
Galata Tower
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami
Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery ©
Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery

2
nights
Urgup

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, then stop by Alaturca Taner, and finally explore the galleries of La Maison du Kilim.

Plan my day in Urgup using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Urgup takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Istanbul in January: highs in Urgup hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Konya.

Things to do in Urgup

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Uchisar, Goreme National Park
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Pasabag ©
Pasabag

2
nights
Konya

Konya ©
The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Mevlana Muzesi, see the interesting displays at İstiklal Harbi Şehitleri Abidesi, then take a stroll through Konya Kultur Sokagi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aziziye Cami.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Konya sightseeing planning app .

You can take a bus from Urgup to Konya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Konya sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

İstiklal Harbi Şehitleri Abidesi
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Mevlana Muzesi ©
Mevlana Muzesi
Aziziye Cami ©
Aziziye Cami
İstiklal Harbi Şehitleri Abidesi ©
İstiklal Harbi Şehitleri Abidesi

2
nights
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.
To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Antalya travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Konya to Antalya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Konya in January, with highs in Antalya at 17°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Antalya Aquarium ©
Antalya Aquarium
Hadrian's Gate
Hadrian's Gate
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.
To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale day trip planning tool .

Drive from Antalya to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

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

1
night
Selcuk

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Selcuk trip simple and quick.

Getting from Pamukkale to Selcuk by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
La Tulip Art Gallery ©
La Tulip Art Gallery

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.
To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bursa road trip planning site .

Drive from Selcuk to Bursa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Istanbul.

Things to do in Bursa

Parks Shopping Museums

2
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultanahmet District. Shop till you drop at Istiklal Street and Constantine Art Gallery. Explore Istanbul further: explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Bursa to Istanbul in 2 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bursa in January since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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