13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

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13 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Sapanca
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Eskisehir
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Ankara
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Urgup
— 1 night
Drive:  15 min
6
Avanos
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
7
Konya
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
8
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
9
Bursa
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
10
Istanbul
— 2 nights
End: Istanbul

2
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.
Appreciate the collections at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace. Kids will enjoy Kapali Carsi and KIz Kulesi. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, wander the streets of Istiklal Street, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, and stop by Misir Carsisi.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Istanbul online day trip planner .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sapanca.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

1
night
Sapanca

Sapanca ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): hit the slopes at Kartepe Ski Center, examine the collection at Gayret Gemi Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Izmit Saat Kulesi.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Sapanca trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Istanbul to Sapanca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Sapanca: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Eskisehir.

Things to do in Sapanca

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Izmit, Kartepe Ski Center
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Gayret Gemi Museum ©
Gayret Gemi Museum
Izmit Saat Kulesi ©
Izmit Saat Kulesi

1
night
Eskisehir

Eskisehir ©
Eskişehir is a city in northwestern Turkey and the capital of the Eskişehir Province. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): meet the residents at Akvaryum Dunyasi, then walk around Kent Park, then examine the collection at Yilmaz Buyukersen Balmumu Heykeller Muzesi, and finally view the masterpieces at Luletasi Mehmet Bassav Kultur Sanat Evi. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Sazova Park, see the interesting displays at Cagdas Cam Sanatlari Muzesi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Leaded Mosque - Eskisehir, and finally see the interesting displays at Tayfun Talipoglu Daktilo Muzesi.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Eskisehir trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Sapanca to Eskisehir by car takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sapanca in December, with highs in Eskisehir at 5°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Eskisehir

Parks Theme Parks Museums
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Cagdas Cam Sanatlari Muzesi ©
Cagdas Cam Sanatlari Muzesi
Luletasi Mehmet Bassav Kultur Sanat Evi ©

1
night
Ankara

Ankara ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): stop by Kibele Kale, delve into the distant past at Ankara Castle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii). On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Natural History Museum, then take an in-depth tour of AnItkabir, and then admire the striking features of Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii).

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Ankara travel planner.

You can drive from Avanos to Ankara in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Avanos in January, plan for little chillier days in Ankara, with highs around 1°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Ankara

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kibele Kale ©
Kibele Kale

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Uchisar Castle. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Pasabag, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then look for gifts at Le Bazaar D'Orient.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Urgup day trip tool .

Take a bus from Konya to Urgup in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -3°C. On the 1st (Wed), you're off toAvanos.

Things to do in Urgup

Tours Outdoors Shopping

1
night
Avanos

Avanos ©
Situated along the Kızılırmak (Red River), the ancient town of Avanos is famous for its many historical pottery factories.
On the 28th (Sat), look for gifts at Sultans Ceramic and then get engrossed in the history at Zelve Open Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in breathtaking views at Peri Bacalari and then take in the exciting artwork at Chez Galip.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Avanos trip itinerary planner.

Avanos is just a short distance from Urgup. In December, daily temperatures in Avanos can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Konya.

Things to do in Avanos

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Zelve Open Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Zelve Open Air Museum ©
Zelve Open Air Museum
Peri Bacalari ©
Peri Bacalari
Chez Galip ©
Chez Galip

1
night
Konya

Konya
The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mevlana Whirling Dervishes as well as Mevlana Muzesi. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): add some entertainment to your itinerary with Mevlana Whirling Dervishes and then take an in-depth tour of Mevlana Muzesi.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Konya trip planner .

Getting from Eskisehir to Konya by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Konya are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. You will leave for Urgup on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Konya

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Guney Selalesi and then take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Pamukkale road trip tool .

Getting from Konya to Pamukkale by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Bursa.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Denizli
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi ©
Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi
Guney Selalesi ©
Guney Selalesi

few
hours
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 24th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Koza Hani and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulu Cami.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bursa road trip planner .

Drive from Istanbul to Bursa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. When traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bursa, with highs around 12°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. On the 25th (Wed), you'll travel to Eskisehir.

Things to do in Bursa

Parks Shopping Museums

2
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
On the 1st (Wed), wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, then stop by Adnan and Hasan, and finally take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Bursa to Istanbul takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. When traveling from Bursa in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District
Rumeli Fortress ©
Rumeli Fortress

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