17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Istanbul
— 7 nights
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
3
Antalya
— 3 nights
4
Alanya
— 1 night

7
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.
Shop till you drop at Kapali Carsi and Ikonium Studio. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hagia Sophia Museum and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Go for a jaunt from Istanbul to Bursa to see Ulu Cami about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul road trip website.

Bhuj, India to Istanbul is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Bhuj to Istanbul, you'll gain 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Bhuj in December, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Ulu Cami
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri and Uchisar Castle. Goreme National Park and Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, look for gifts at Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme online road trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Istanbul in December since evenings lows in Goreme dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Balloon Rides, Uchisar Castle, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ancient Theater and Kaleici. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at TerraCity and Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery. When in Antalya, make a side trip to see Temple of Apollo in Side, approximately Side away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate, and take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls.

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Traveling by flight from Goreme to Antalya takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Goreme in December: high temperatures in Antalya hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Alanya.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Manavgat
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Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi
Hadrian's Gate
Hadrian's Gate

1
night
Alanya

Alanya ©
A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Alanya Kalesi, kick back and relax at Kleopatra Beach, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Dim Cave.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read Alanya trip planner.

Getting from Antalya to Alanya by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Alanya

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kleopatra Beach ©
Kleopatra Beach
Alanya Kalesi ©
Alanya Kalesi
Dim Cave ©
Dim Cave

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