21 days in Turkey Itinerary

21 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bursa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Uchisar, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Taxi
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Taxi to Fethiye, Bus to Antalya
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Antalya
— 3 nights
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Istanbul

— 3 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.
You've added Eyup, Basilica Cistern, Taksim Square, and other attractions to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sultanahmet District and Galata Tower. Visit Hagia Sophia and Suleymaniye Cami for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hagia Triada Church, and explore the world behind art at Chora Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online itinerary planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Istanbul is cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 10°C and lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): make a trip to Green Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Green Tomb, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Koza Hani, then stop by Cumalikizik, and finally get engrossed in the history at Bursa Archaeological Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bursa day trip app.

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 slightly colder evenings in Bursa when traveling from Istanbul in January, with lows around 5°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uchisar.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Uchisar, Cappadocia

— 1 night
Enjoy the best views of Capaddocia at Uchisar, home to a rock citadel at the area's highest point.
You've now added Uchisar Castle to your itinerary. On the 1st (Wed), make a trip to Kaymakli Underground City, then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaymakli, then look for gifts at Galerie Faruk, and finally Head underground at Uchisar Castle.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Uchisar route planner.

Traveling by flight from Bursa to Uchisar takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Bursa in January: high temperatures in Uchisar hover around 5°C and lows are around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Goreme.

Things to do in Uchisar

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fairy Chimneys as well as Turkiye Balloons. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): examine the collection at Cappadocia Art & History Museum and then look for gifts at Antikite Ottoman. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy unforgettable views with Turkiye Balloons, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, then look for gifts at Gallery Cappadocia, and finally get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Goreme road trip planning website.

Goreme is just a short distance from Uchisar. In February, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. You will leave for Selcuk on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Selcuk

— 3 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.
Ancient City of Ephesus and Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Sirince Koyu and Isa Bey Mosque. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, explore the historical opulence of Keci Kalesi, stop by Sultan Jewellery & Fine Handmade Ceramic Art, and steep yourself in history at Public Latrine.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip maker tool.

Getting from Goreme to Selcuk by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, Selcuk is a bit warmer than Goreme - with highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping · 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 8th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Cleopatra Pools, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then stroll around Pamukkale Natural Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Hierapolis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, then get the adrenaline pumping with Pamukkale Hijackers, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Oludeniz

— 2 nights
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
On the 10th (Fri), stroll through Oludeniz PlajI and then contemplate the waterfront views at Oludeniz. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Calis Beach, then wander the streets of Old Town, then contemplate the long history of Downtown Fethiye, and finally delve into the distant past at Tlos.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Oludeniz trip planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Oludeniz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Oludeniz can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Perge Ancient City, then visit Kaleici, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Phaselis, then take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and then explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Antalya sightseeing planning app.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Oludeniz to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February in Antalya, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Turkey travel guide

4.4
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.