12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Selcuk
— 1 night
Fly
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly

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Istanbul

— 5 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 historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , stop by Ortakoy, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip builder site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, Istanbul is much colder than Dubai - with highs of 7°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:

Pamukkale

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): soar above the sights with a balloon tour and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Selcuk

— 1 night
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 27th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 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.
On the 28th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park. On your second day here, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Goreme day trip planning app.

Fly from Selcuk to Goreme in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Selcuk in December; daily highs in Goreme reach 6°C and lows reach -3°C. On the 30th (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Turkey travel guide

4.3
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · 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.