17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

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17 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Bolu
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Bursa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Goreme
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Manama

3
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.
You've now added Dolmabahce Palace to your itinerary. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Suleymaniye Cami . Shop till you drop at Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Street. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, browse the exhibits of Rumeli Fortress, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip app .

Manama, Bahrain to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. In October, Istanbul is slightly colder than Manama - with highs of 28°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bolu.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
nights
Bolu

Bolu ©
Bolu is a city in Turkey, and administrative center of the Bolu Province. You've now added Lake Abant Nature Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Abant Nature Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Golcuk Tabiat Parki.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bolu trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Bolu takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Bursa.

Things to do in Bolu

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Golcuk Tabiat Parki ©
Golcuk Tabiat Parki
Lake Abant Nature Park ©
Lake Abant Nature Park

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take a stroll through Cumalikizik, then examine the collection at Bursa City Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Ulu Cami. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Koza Hani and then see the interesting displays at Mudanya Armistice House Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bursa travel route tool .

You can drive from Bolu to Bursa in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Mudanya Armistice House Museum
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Ulu Cami ©
Ulu Cami
Mudanya Armistice House Museum ©
Mudanya Armistice House Museum
Koza Hani ©
Koza Hani

3
nights
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.
Visit Bibliotheque de Celsus and Ephesus Terrace Houses for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ancient City of Ephesus and Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, explore the ancient world of Arcadian Way, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Basilica of Saint John, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Selcuk vacation planner.

You can drive from Bursa to Selcuk in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight. Traveling from Bursa in October, you will find days in Selcuk are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sirince Koyu
Highlights from your plan
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

2
nights
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.
On the 22nd (Tue), admire the sheer force of Guney Selalesi, get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and finally take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): visit Karahayit, then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

To find where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale online route planner .

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Denizli
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

3
nights
Goreme

Goreme ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Goreme National Park and Kocabag Winery. Take a break from the city and head to Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki and Balloon Rides. Next up on the itinerary: head off-road at local off-road trails, get engrossed in the history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, and look for gifts at Sultans Ceramic.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Goreme trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Goreme are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kocabag Winery, Sultans Ceramic
Highlights from your plan
Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki ©
Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides

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