26 days in Turkey Itinerary

26 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ankara
— 4 nights
Bus
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Antalya
— 3 nights
Bus to Fethiye, Taxi to Oludeniz
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Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bursa
Drive
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Istanbul
— 2 nights

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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.
On the 22nd (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Ortakoy, don't miss a visit to Miniaturk, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary app.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiports are İstanbul Airport, İstanbul Atatürk Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Ankara.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:

Ankara — 4 nights

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.
Ankara is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, don't miss a visit to Ahielvan Cami, and admire the landmark architecture of Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii).

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ankara trip maker website.

Fly from Istanbul to Ankara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Istanbul in December, things will get slightly colder in Ankara: highs are around 3°C and lows about 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Goreme.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Goreme side-trips: Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City). The adventure continues: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, explore the striking landscape at Love Valley, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Goreme trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Ankara to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Goreme when traveling from Ankara in December, with lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can fly to Antalya.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:

Antalya — 3 nights

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 4th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, observe the fascinating underwater world at Antalya Aquarium, then admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Laura Shopping Center. Keep things going the next day: go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, visit Kaleici, then explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate, and finally stop by Excalibur Silver.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Antalya online trip maker.

Fly from Goreme to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, Antalya is somewhat warmer than Goreme - with highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Oludeniz.
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Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

Oludeniz — 2 nights

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 6th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then stop by Eternity Jewellers. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag, appreciate the history behind Tayyareci Fethi Bey Aniti, then explore the historical opulence of Fethiye Kalesi, and finally admire the ancient design of Lycian D Spa & Turkish Bath.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Oludeniz trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Antalya to Oludeniz in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.
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Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Pamukkale — 3 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.
Take a break from Pamukkale with a short trip to Aphrodisias in Geyre, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale day trip planning app.

Getting from Oludeniz to Pamukkale by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Selcuk.
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Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

Selcuk — 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Selcuk to Germencik to see Magnesia Antik Kenti about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, take in the pleasant sights at Cittantica Ephesus Park, stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, and stop by Sirince Koyu.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Bursa.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

Bursa

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.
To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bursa trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Bursa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Bursa are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 14th (Sat), you're off to Istanbul.
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Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:

Istanbul — 2 nights

Queen of Cities

On the 14th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, then browse the range of quality goods at Galata Leather, then get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Sogukcesme Sokak.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul road trip site.

Getting from Bursa to Istanbul by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Bursa in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

Turkey travel guide

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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.
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