20 days in Turkey Itinerary

20 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
2
Karaman
— 1 night
3
Antalya
— 2 nights
4
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
5
Istanbul
— 9 nights

5
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Goreme side-trips: Mazi Yeralti Sehri (in Urgup) and Kaymakli Underground City (in Derinkuyu). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the striking landscape at Zemi Valley, get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Goreme tour itinerary maker app.

Ankara to Goreme is an approximately 4.5-hour bus ride. You can also drive. When traveling from Ankara in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Goreme, with highs around °C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Karaman.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Avanos, Urgup, Gore Harabeleri, Kocabag Winery, Devrent Valley
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Kaymakli Underground City ©
Kaymakli Underground City

1
night
Karaman

Karaman ©
Karaman is a city in south central Turkey, located in Central Anatolia, north of the Taurus Mountains, about 100km south of Konya. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Thousand and One Churches, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aktekke Camii, and then contemplate the long history of Tartan evi.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Karaman trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Goreme to Karaman takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Karaman

Historic Sites
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Tartan evi ©
Tartan evi
Aktekke Camii ©
Aktekke Camii

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Aspendos Ruins and Theater, find something for the whole family at Hip-Notics Cable Ski, and then delve into the distant past at Aspendos Ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate, thenvisit Kaleici, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and finally stop by Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Antalya road trip planning tool.

Drive from Karaman to Antalya in 4.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Serik, Hip-Notics Cable Ski
Highlights from your plan
Aspendos Ruins and Theater ©
Aspendos Ruins and Theater
Hip-Notics Cable Ski ©
Hip-Notics Cable Ski
Kaleici ©
Kaleici

2
nights
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.
On the 10th (Fri), get outside with Outdoor Activities and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, thenstroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Pamukkale planner.

Drive from Antalya to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis

9
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Hagia Sophia Museum and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate the long history of Rumeli Fortress, contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul tour planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Istanbul by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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