16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 1 night
Drive
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Bursa
— 1 night
Drive
3
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
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Konya
— 1 night
Drive
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ankara
— 1 night
Drive
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly

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Istanbul

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.
On the 27th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Istanbul holiday planning website.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Istanbul is an approximately 16-hour travel. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Jakarta to Istanbul is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Jakarta in June, expect Istanbul to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums

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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 28th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Green Tomb, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isabey CAMii, then appreciate the history behind Tombs of Osman and Orhan, and finally admire the striking features of Ulu Cami. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Golyazi.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Bursa trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Istanbul to Bursa in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Selcuk.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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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.
On the 30th (Wed), look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, then cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally examine the collection at Ephesus Museum.

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You can drive from Bursa to Selcuk in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Bursa in June, expect nights in Selcuk to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping

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Pamukkale

Cotton Castle

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 1st (Thu): explore the ancient world of Laodikeia, then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale road trip planning website.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Konya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Konya

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): get curious at Konya Science Center and then get engrossed in the history at Mevlana Muzesi.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Konya trip planner.

Drive from Pamukkale to Konya in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Konya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Goreme.

Things to do in Konya

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

3
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Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): look for gifts at Antik Galeri, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Goreme trip tool.

You can drive from Konya to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Goreme are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Ankara

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 6th (Tue), look for gifts at Kibele Kale, then see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, then get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, and finally admire the striking features of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii). On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii) and then take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Ankara trip itinerary tool.

Take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Goreme in July, you will find days in Ankara are a bit cooler (31°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Istanbul

Queen of Cities

See even more of Istanbul: admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and don't miss a visit to Sogukcesme Sokak.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Ankara to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ankara in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Istanbul, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · 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.