20 days in Turkey Itinerary

20 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 6 nights
Drive
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Basiskele
— 1 night
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Drive to Istanbul Airport, Fly to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Drive to Urgup
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Urgup, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ankara
— 2 nights
Fly
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
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Antalya
— 5 nights
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Istanbul

— 6 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.
Visit Hagia Sophia and Galata Tower for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Basilica Cistern. There's much more to do: visit Ortakoy, discover the deep blue sea with Deepist Diving & Travel, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and take in the exciting artwork at Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul day trip planner.

Hyderabad, India to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Hyderabad to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Hyderabad in December, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Basiskele.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Basiskele

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Basiskele trip planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Basiskele by car takes about 2 hours. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Basiskele, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Basiskele

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Urgup, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, then stop by Alaturca Taner, and finally do a tasting at Kocabag Winery. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Uchisar Castle, then gain insight with Ekwo Travel & Outdoor, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Camur Magarasi Katpatuka.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Urgup trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Basiskele to Urgup. In December, Urgup is little chillier than Basiskele - with highs of 6°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ankara.

Things to do in Urgup

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ankara

— 2 nights

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.
On the 30th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, stop by Mohair&Angora Flagship Store, then view the masterpieces at Galeri Artist, and finally admire the striking features of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): admire the masterpieces at 8 Hubb Art Gallery, learn more about the world around you at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, examine the collection at Erimtan Arkeoloji ve Sanat Muzesi, then examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, and finally see the interesting displays at Altindag Belediyesi Sair ve Yazarlar Evi.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ankara trip planner.

Drive from Urgup to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ankara when traveling from Urgup in December, with lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

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.
On the 1st (Fri), delve into the distant past with Troy Tours, then contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then explore the ancient world of Trajan's Fountain, and finally steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Camlik Locomotive Museum, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and then stop by Sultan Jewellery & Fine Handmade Ceramic Art.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Ankara to Selcuk takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Ankara in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Selcuk: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors

Pamukkale

— 1 night

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 3rd (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale online trip planner.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Antalya

— 5 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.
Visit Aspendos Ruins and Theater and Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum) for their historical value. Kaleici and Ancient Theater are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antalya: The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club (in Belek), Q Spa & Wellness (in Side) and Alanya (Kizilkule & Kleopatra Beach). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Ataturk Boulevard, play a few rounds at Gloria Golf Club, and look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Antalya trip planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Antalya in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. January in Antalya sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Golf

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.