13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

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13 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Goreme
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Antalya
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Bodrum City
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

4
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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take a stroll through Ortakoy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

Before you visit Istanbul, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Istanbul is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in September: highs in Istanbul hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
nights
Goreme

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then stop by Turquoise Rugs & Bags. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, then admire the sheer force of Duden Waterfalls, and then wander the streets of Kaleici.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Antalya trip website .

You can fly from Goreme to Antalya in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Goreme in October: high temperatures in Antalya hover around 31°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
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Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Lower Duden Waterfalls ©
Lower Duden Waterfalls
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi

2
nights
Pamukkale

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Horoz Heykeli, get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, explore the ancient world of Laodikeia, then contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, and finally stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Antalya to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Denizli
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

3
nights
Bodrum City

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
On the 6th (Sun), take in the waterfront activity at Yalikavak Marina, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then step into the grandiose world of Castle of St. Peter. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Gallery Mustafa, see the interesting displays at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, then learn about winemaking at Vinbodrum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Gun Batimi Plaji.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bodrum City holiday planning website .

You can drive from Pamukkale to Bodrum City in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Bodrum City, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gun Batimi Plaji, Yalikavak Marina
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Yalikavak Marina ©
Yalikavak Marina
Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter
Gun Batimi Plaji ©
Gun Batimi Plaji

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