12 days in Turkey & Lahore Itinerary

12 days in Turkey & Lahore Itinerary

Make it your trip
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Antalya, Turkey
— 1 night
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
Bursa, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive to İstanbul Airport, Fly to Lahore
Lahore, Pakistan
— 2 nights


Istanbul, Turkey — 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.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planner.

Kigali, Rwanda to Istanbul is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time (CAT) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kigali in October: highs in Istanbul hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Goreme.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:

Goreme, Turkey — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): see Off-Road Tours, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, then look for gifts at Antikite Ottoman, and finally examine the collection at Urgup Buyukakten YeraltI Evi. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at TokalI Church, and finally learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Goreme online route planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Antalya.
Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:

Antalya, Turkey — 1 night

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 3rd (Thu): admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, discover the deep blue sea with Deep Walker Diving Resort, then go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, and finally wander the streets of Kaleici.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Antalya day trip app.

You can fly from Goreme to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, Antalya is somewhat warmer than Goreme - with highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.
Parks · Neighborhoods · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trip
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 3:

Pamukkale, Turkey — 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Pamukkale itinerary maker.

You can drive from Antalya to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Bursa.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 4:

Bursa, Turkey — 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the striking features of Ulu Cami and then get engrossed in the history at Ordekli Culture and Art Center.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bursa sightseeing planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Bursa by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lahore.
Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:

Lahore, Pakistan — 2 nights

Seen by many to be the most forward-thinking, culturally important, and artistic of the country's metropolises, Lahore has plenty of charms, plenty of history, and plenty of people.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the architecture and design of Convent of Jesus and Mary, Lahore, contemplate the long history of Badshahi Mosque, then step into the grandiose world of Lahore Fort, and finally stroll around Bagh-e-Jinnah.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lahore itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bursa to Lahore. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bursa to Lahore due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Bursa in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Lahore, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:

Turkey travel guide

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.

Cappadocia travel guide

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.