18 days in Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

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Istanbul
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bursa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ankara
— 1 night
Bus
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul vacation planner.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Istanbul is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Playa del Carmen to Istanbul. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in April, expect nights in Istanbul to be much colder, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Bursa

— 2 nights
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.
On the 11th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Tombs of Osman and Orhan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isabey CAMii, and then hunt for treasures at Koza Hani. Keep things going the next day: stop by Cumalikizik, take an in-depth tour of Bursa Archaeological Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Green Tomb.

Before you visit Bursa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Bursa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

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.
On the 13th (Wed), witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale day trip app.

Drive from Bursa to Pamukkale in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Selcuk

— 2 nights
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 15th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque, then cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, and finally make a trip to Byzantine acquaducts.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Selcuk attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Selcuk sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping

Ankara

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, take an in-depth tour of Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, then see the interesting displays at Altindag Belediyesi Sair ve Yazarlar Evi, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hamamonu Restored Area.

Plan trip to Ankara with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Selcuk to Ankara in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Selcuk in April, plan for little chillier days in Ankara, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 4 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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, explore the striking landscape at Pasabag, steep yourself in history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Goreme trip planning website.

Take a bus from Ankara to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Ankara in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Turkey travel guide

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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.