16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Ankara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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Drive to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Fly to Antalya International Airport, Drive to Cirali
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Cirali
— 1 night
Drive
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Antalya
— 3 nights
Fly
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Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Fly
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Istanbul
— 4 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, look for gifts at Kibele Kale, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, then take an in-depth tour of Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, and finally examine the collection at Altindag Belediyesi Sair ve Yazarlar Evi. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Tacettin Sultan Cami, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hamamonu Restored Area, then see the interesting displays at Ulucanlar Prison Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii).

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ankara trip itinerary builder website.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Ankara is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Dammam in November, with highs in Ankara at 9°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 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.
Uchisar Castle and Goreme National Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Zelve Open Air Museum and Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley). And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, explore the world behind art at Guray Museum, stop by Sultan Carpet, and appreciate the views at Red Valley.

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You can take a bus from Ankara to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ankara in November: highs in Goreme hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cirali.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Cirali

— 1 night
A charming holiday destination, Cirali offers natural beaches and the iconic Flame of Chimera.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): stroll through Cirali Beach, explore the striking landscape at Chimaera, and then delve into the distant past at Olympos Archeological Site.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cirali trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Goreme to Cirali. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Goreme in November: high temperatures in Cirali hover around 25°C and lows are around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Cirali

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Antalya

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Ancient Theater and Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Antalya Muzesi and Perge Ancient City. Venture out of the city with trips to Carya Golf Club (in Belek) and Side Museum (in Side). There's more to do: stroll through Konyaalti Beach and look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Antalya journey planner.

Drive from Cirali to Antalya in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Selcuk.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Selcuk

— 1 night
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, surround yourself with nature on Troy Tours, then step into the grandiose world of Ayasoluk Castle, and finally explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip planner.

You can fly from Antalya to Selcuk in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, Selcuk is slightly colder than Antalya - with highs of 15°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Pamukkale

— 1 night

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.
On the 6th (Tue), take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Pamukkale journey builder tool.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Istanbul

— 4 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Galata Tower. Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, wander the streets of Taksim Square, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, and make a trip to Istiklal Caddesi.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planner.

Fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

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Ruins · Architectural Buildings · 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.