19 days in Turkey Itinerary

19 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Istanbul
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Bursa
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Goreme
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
6
Ankara
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Urgup
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
8
Derinkuyu
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, browse the exhibits of Hagia Sophia Museum, then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul visit planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in February, with highs in Istanbul at 11°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Spas
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

1
night
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 24th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Bursa Archaeological Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Isabey CAMii, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Green Tomb, and finally admire the striking features of Ulu Cami.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bursa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Bursa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Bursa, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Green Tomb ©
Green Tomb
Isabey CAMii ©
Isabey CAMii
Bursa Archaeological Museum ©
Bursa Archaeological Museum

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 25th (Tue), look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, stop by Sirince Koyu, don't miss a visit to Byzantine acquaducts, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and finally examine the collection at Ephesus Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Heracles Gate, then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, and then explore the ancient world of Public Latrine.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Selcuk journey maker site.

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. In February, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Sirince Koyu
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
Public Latrine ©
Public Latrine

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.
Popular historic sites such as Hierapolis and Aphrodisias are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and Karahayit. Next up on the itinerary: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, admire the sheer force of Guney Selalesi, and delve into the distant past at Laodikeia.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip builder website.

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Denizli, Aphrodisias
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Aphrodisias ©
Aphrodisias

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): soar above the sights with Royal Balloon, get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, then learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then steep yourself in history at Goreme National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Goreme vacation planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Goreme sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Kocabag Winery
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Goreme Open-Air Museum ©
Goreme Open-Air Museum
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley)

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): admire the striking features of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii), then see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hamamonu Restored Area. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Erimtan Arkeoloji ve Sanat Muzesi, then get to know the fascinating history of Ankara Castle, and then get engrossed in the history at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ankara tour itinerary tool.

You can take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Goreme in March, plan for little chillier days in Ankara, with highs around 11°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 9°C. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Urgup.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Anitkabir ©
Anitkabir
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi ©
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi

2
nights
Urgup

Urgup ©
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
On the next day, examine the collection at Cappadocia Art & History Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ortahisar Abdioglu Camii, then explore the historical opulence of Ortahisar Kalesi, then look for gifts at Efendi Sarapevi, and finally do a tasting at Turasan Sarapcilik.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Urgup trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ankara to Urgup takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ankara in March, you will find days in Urgup are somewhat warmer (16°C), and nights are slightly colder (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Derinkuyu.

Things to do in Urgup

Historic Sites Spas Museums

Side Trip

Ortahisar
Highlights from your plan
Mazi Yeralti Sehri ©
Mazi Yeralti Sehri
Ortahisar Kalesi ©
Ortahisar Kalesi
Cappadocia Art & History Museum ©
Cappadocia Art & History Museum

3
nights
Derinkuyu

Derinkuyu ©
Derinkuyu is a town and district of Nevşehir Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Kaymakli Underground City and then Head underground at Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Theodore Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Uzumlu Kilise, then stroll around HakkI Atamutlu Kultur Parki, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Sultan SazlIgI Bird Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Derinkuyu attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Urgup to Derinkuyu takes an hour. March in Derinkuyu sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 1°C at night. You will leave for home on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Derinkuyu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Sultan SazlIgI Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Uzumlu  Kilise ©
Uzumlu Kilise
Kaymakli Underground City ©
Kaymakli Underground City

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