20 days in Turkey Itinerary

20 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey planner

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Istanbul
— 4 nights
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Antalya
— 3 nights
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Kekova
— 4 nights
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Drive to Antalya International Airport, Fly to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Drive to Goreme
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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kapali Carsi and Capitol Shopping Center Uskudar. Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Chora Museum. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, contemplate the long history of Rumeli Fortress, and examine the collection at Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planning website.

Pune, India to Istanbul is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Pune to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature

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 22nd (Sun): make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, then make a trip to Byzantine acquaducts, and finally take a stroll through Sirince Koyu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): explore the ancient world of Public Latrine, explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, then steep yourself in history at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and finally look for gifts at Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Selcuk by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Selcuk, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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 24th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale tour planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Antalya

— 3 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Antalya Muzesi. Kaleici and Side Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Temple of Apollo and Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antalya: Side (Tyche Tapinagi & Ancient Theater). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, browse the eclectic array of goods at Antalya Bazaar, and stop by Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Antalya day trip site.

Drive from Pamukkale to Antalya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. March in Antalya sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 28th (Sat), you'll travel to Kekova.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Kekova

— 4 nights
Kekova, also named Caravola, is a small Turkish island near Demre district of Antalya province which faces the villages of Kaleköy and Üçağız . Visit Island of Kekova and Sunken City Ruins of Simena for their historical value. Visiting Tersane Koyu and Boat Tours & Water Sports will get you outdoors. Take a break from Kekova with a short trip to Elmali Arkeoloji Muzesi in Elmali, about 1h 35 min away.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kekova road trip website.

Traveling by car from Antalya to Kekova takes 3.5 hours. On the 1st (Wed), you're off to Goreme.

Things to do in Kekova

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Goreme National Park and La Maison du Kilim. Head to Alaturca Taner and Kapadokya Ebru Sanat Evifor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, and view the masterpieces at Chez Galip.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip maker app.

Explore your travel options from Kekova to Goreme with the Route module. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.