16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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Buyukada
— 1 night
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Istanbul
— 6 nights
Drive
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Basiskele
— 1 night
Drive
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Afyonkarahisar
— 1 night
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 1 night
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Goreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Get in touch with nature at Balloon Rides and Off-Road Tours. Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, look for gifts at Cappadocia Dowry Carpet, explore the striking landscape at Love Valley, and make a trip to Zemi Valley.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip app.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Goreme is an approximately 10-hour flight. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Kuwait City in December; daily highs in Goreme reach 6°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Buyukada.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Buyukada

— 1 night
On the 24th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Buyukada Tabiat Parki.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Buyukada trip planner.

Traveling by car from Goreme to Buyukada takes 9.5 hours. Traveling from Goreme in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Buyukada, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Buyukada

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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Istanbul

— 6 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Deepist Diving & Travel and Bosphorus Strait. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Spend the 30th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Ortakoy, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Buyukada to Istanbul in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Basiskele.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Basiskele

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Basiskele vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Basiskele takes 2 hours. When traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Basiskele, with highs around 12°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Afyonkarahisar.

Things to do in Basiskele

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Afyonkarahisar

— 1 night
On the 1st (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Baskomutan Tarihi Milli Parki.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Afyonkarahisar trip planner.

Getting from Basiskele to Afyonkarahisar by car takes about 4.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Basiskele in December, with highs in Afyonkarahisar at 5°C and lows at -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Afyonkarahisar

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Pamukkale

— 2 nights

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 2nd (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Kaklik Cave, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale route builder website.

Traveling by car from Afyonkarahisar to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Nature · Parks

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 4th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and then get a dose of the wild on Troy Tours.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Selcuk itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.