17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

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17 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  4 h
1
Antalya
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h
2
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Basiskele
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Bursa
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 45 min
8
Ankara
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h 30 min
9
Goreme
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Kuwait City

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Antalya

Antalya
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), admire the sheer force of Duden Waterfalls, then browse the range of quality goods at Balon Park, and then contemplate the long history of Hadrian's Gate.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Antalya day trip planning tool .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Antalya is an approximately 4-hour flight. Traveling from Kuwait City in December, you will find days in Antalya are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hadrian's Gate
Hadrian's Gate
Lower Duden Waterfalls ©
Lower Duden Waterfalls

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Oludeniz

Oludeniz ©
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): kick back and relax at Calis Beach, then kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI, and then stop by Soap Lady Oludeniz.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Oludeniz journey planner .

Getting from Antalya to Oludeniz by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Oludeniz sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Calis Beach
Highlights from your plan
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Soap Lady Oludeniz ©
Soap Lady Oludeniz

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and finally steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale day trip tool .

Getting from Oludeniz to Pamukkale by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

2
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.
On the 26th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of Heracles Gate, then delve into the distant past at Curetes Street, and finally delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, explore the historical opulence of Keci Kalesi, delve into the distant past at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then get to know the fascinating history of Mermerli Yol, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hagia Sophia Museum and Suleymaniye Cami . Visiting Bentler Tabiat Parki and Bosphorus Strait will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, stop by Sultanahmet District, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Selcuk to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Selcuk in December: highs in Istanbul hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Basiskele.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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night
Basiskele

Basiskele ©
You've now added Eriklitepe Tabiat Parki to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Selim Sirri Pasa Konagi, examine the collection at Gayret Gemi Museum, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Eriklitepe Tabiat Parki.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Basiskele online tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Istanbul to Basiskele in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bursa.

Things to do in Basiskele

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Izmit
Highlights from your plan
Eriklitepe Tabiat Parki ©
Eriklitepe Tabiat Parki
Gayret Gemi Museum ©
Gayret Gemi Museum
Selim Sirri Pasa Konagi ©
Selim Sirri Pasa Konagi

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Korupark Shopping Center, Tofas's Bursa Museum Of Anatolian Cars and Uludag Ski Center. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at Tofas's Bursa Museum Of Anatolian Cars, grab your bike and head to Uludag Ski Center, see the interesting displays at Bursa City Museum, then steep yourself in history at Koza Hani, and finally look for gifts at Korupark Shopping Center. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Cumalikizik and then examine the collection at Mudanya Armistice House Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bursa sightseeing website .

You can drive from Basiskele to Bursa in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Basiskele in January, Bursa is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Bursa

Parks Trails Winter Sports

Side Trip

Mudanya Armistice House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Koza Hani ©
Koza Hani
Mudanya Armistice House Museum ©
Mudanya Armistice House Museum
Bursa City Museum ©
Bursa City Museum

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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 4th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, see the interesting displays at AltInkoy Acik Hava Muzesi, and then admire the landmark architecture of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii).

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ankara route planner.

Getting from Bursa to Ankara by combination of flight and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Bursa in January; daily highs in Ankara reach 1°C and lows reach 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Anitkabir ©
Anitkabir
AltInkoy Acik Hava Muzesi ©
AltInkoy Acik Hava Muzesi

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Goreme Open-Air Museum and La Maison du Kilim. Get some cultural insight at Goreme National Park and Cappadocia Cave Dwellings. Spend the 8th (Wed) floating through the air with a balloon tour. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki, head off-road at local off-road trails, do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, and take in the exciting artwork at Chez Galip.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Goreme tour planner.

Traveling by bus from Ankara to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ankara in January: highs in Goreme hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uchisar, Chez Galip, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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