47 days in Turkey Itinerary

47 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 9 nights
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Buyukada
— 1 night
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Istanbul
— 10 nights
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Cinarcik
— 2 nights
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Basiskele
— 3 nights
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Afyonkarahisar
— 5 nights
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
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Selcuk
— 5 nights
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Antalya
— 8 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 9 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.
Get outdoors at Goreme National Park and Ihlara Valley. Get out of town with these interesting Goreme side-trips: Asikli Hoyuk (in Aksaray), Nigde (Nigde Museum, Kayaardi Baglari, &more) and Guzelyurt Valley Monastery (in Guzelyurt). There's lots more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, stop by Cappadocia Dowry Carpet, take a pleasant ride with Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, and explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Goreme day trip website.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Goreme is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Kuwait City in December, things will get colder in Goreme: highs are around 6°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Buyukada.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Buyukada

— 1 night
On the 30th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Buyukada Tabiat Parki.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Buyukada day trip planner.

You can drive from Goreme to Buyukada in 9.5 hours. Traveling from Goreme in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Buyukada, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Buyukada

Nature · Wildlife · Parks
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Istanbul

— 10 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Deepist Diving & Travel and Bentler Tabiat Parki. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Caddesi. Spend the 3rd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Ortakoy, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planning site.

You can drive from Buyukada to Istanbul in 2.5 hours. In December in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Cinarcik.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Cinarcik

— 2 nights
On the 10th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Su Dusen Selalesi, admire the sheer force of Erikli Waterfall, and then step off the mainland to explore Heybeliada Island. Keep things going the next day: hike along Delmece Yaylasi, indulge in some personalized pampering at Pythia Thermal Spa, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Termal Cinarl Hiyaben Yolu.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cinarcik vacation builder website.

Getting from Istanbul to Cinarcik by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cinarcik, with lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Basiskele.

Things to do in Cinarcik

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Basiskele

— 3 nights
Escape the urban bustle at Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki and Eriklitepe Tabiat Parki. Spend the 14th (Thu) exploring nature at Kuzuyayla Tabiat Parki.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Basiskele trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Cinarcik to Basiskele by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Cinarcik in January, Basiskele is a bit cooler at night with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Afyonkarahisar.

Things to do in Basiskele

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Afyonkarahisar

— 5 nights
Escape the urban bustle at Baskomutan Tarihi Milli Parki and Akdag Tabiat Parki. When in Afyonkarahisar, make a side trip to see Akdag Tabiat Parki in Denizli, approximately Denizli away. Spend the 18th (Mon) exploring ancient history at Frig Vadisi Tabiat Parki.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Afyonkarahisar driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Basiskele to Afyonkarahisar in 4.5 hours. In January, Afyonkarahisar is little chillier than Basiskele - with highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Afyonkarahisar

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pamukkale

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and Hierapolis. The adventure continues: push the limits with an extreme tour, browse the different shops at Forum Camlik, explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale day trip tool.

You can drive from Afyonkarahisar to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Selcuk

— 5 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.
Do your shopping at SIgacIk Village Market and Sultan Jewellery & Fine Handmade Ceramic Art. Step out of the city life by going to Troy Tours and Serenad Dive Center. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain, take a stroll through Sirince Koyu, and see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Selcuk online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Selcuk are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Antalya.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Antalya

— 8 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.
Get outdoors at Kleopatra Beach and Gulluk Dagi (Termessos) Milli Parki. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antalya: Chimaera (in Cirali), Union Travel (in Avsallar) and Side (Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum) & Q Spa & Wellness). There's still lots to do: visit Kaleici, take in the dramatic scenery at Kursunlu Waterfalls, see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, and play a few rounds at Gloria Golf Club.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya online trip planner.

Fly from Selcuk to Antalya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Selcuk in January, expect Antalya to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.