17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey route planner

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Fly
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Antalya
Bus to Fethiye, Taxi to Oludeniz
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Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive
3
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
4
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Basiskele
— 1 night
Drive
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Bursa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ankara
— 1 night
Bus
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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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 23rd (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, then explore the wide array of goods at Balon Park, and then explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Antalya journey planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Antalya is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. While traveling from Kuwait City, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Antalya, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Oludeniz

— 1 night
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Calis Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, and then look for gifts at Soap Lady Oludeniz.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Oludeniz visit planner.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Antalya to Oludeniz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Oludeniz can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Pamukkale

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and finally contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Selcuk

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of Heracles Gate, then explore the ancient world of Curetes Street, and finally delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis. On your second day here, look for gifts at Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, step into the grandiose world of Keci Kalesi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then get to know the fascinating history of Mermerli Yol, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Selcuk trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Istanbul

— 4 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hagia Sophia and Galata Tower. Visiting Bentler Tabiat Parki and Bosphorus Strait will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, stop by Sultanahmet District, and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Selcuk to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Selcuk in December: highs in Istanbul hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Basiskele.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

Basiskele

— 1 night
Eriklitepe Tabiat Parki has been added to your itinerary. On the 1st (Wed), browse the exhibits of Selim Sirri Pasa Konagi, then examine the collection at Gayret Gemi Museum, and then explore the striking landscape of Eriklitepe Tabiat Parki.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Basiskele travel route site.

You can drive from Istanbul to Basiskele in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in December: highs in Basiskele hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bursa.

Things to do in Basiskele

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Korupark Shopping Center, Tofas's Bursa Museum Of Anatolian Cars and Uludag Ski Center. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at Tofas's Bursa Museum Of Anatolian Cars, fly down the slopes at Uludag Ski Center, see the interesting displays at Bursa City Museum, then hunt for treasures at Koza Hani, and finally stop by Korupark Shopping Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): take a stroll through Cumalikizik and then see the interesting displays at Mudanya Armistice House Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Bursa trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Basiskele to Bursa in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Basiskele in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Bursa, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Bursa

Winter Sports · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Ankara

— 1 night

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, see the interesting displays at AltInkoy Acik Hava Muzesi, and then admire the landmark architecture of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii).

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ankara route planner.

Getting from Bursa to Ankara by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Bursa in January; daily highs in Ankara reach 1°C and lows reach 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 4 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.
Appreciate the collections at Goreme Open-Air Museum and Chez Galip. Get some cultural insight at Goreme National Park and La Maison du Kilim. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, look for gifts at Alaturca Taner, and head off-road at local off-road trails.

To see where to stay and tourist information, read Goreme trip builder website.

You can take a bus from Ankara to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Ankara, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.