16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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Antalya
— 3 nights
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
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Izmir
— 3 nights
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Istanbul
— 4 nights
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Zelve Open Air Museum and Kaymakli. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Red Valley and Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles. Go for a jaunt from Goreme to Derinkuyu to see St.Theodore Church about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Love Valley, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, appreciate the views at Soganli Valley, and don't miss a visit to Zemi Valley.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Goreme trip itinerary tool.

New Delhi, India to Goreme is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Goreme. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in May; daily highs in Goreme reach 27°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Carya Golf Club and Antalya Golf Club. Head to TerraCity and Antalya Bazaarfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Gloria Golf Club, admire the landmark architecture of Yivli Minaret Mosque, don't miss a visit to Vielle ville d'Antalya, and wander the streets of Ataturk Boulevard.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Antalya online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Antalya takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Goreme in May, Antalya is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Golf · Outdoors · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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 13th (Thu): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, stop by Karahayit, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Antalya to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Izmir.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Izmir

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Saint Polycarp Church and Hisar Mosque. For shopping fun, head to Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center or Arkas Art Center. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Izmir Museum of History and Art, browse the different shops at Forum Bornova, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Jonh, and look for gifts at Kizlaragasi Han Bazaar.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Izmir trip planner.

Drive from Pamukkale to Izmir in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Izmir

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fatih Mosque and Complex and Historic Areas of Istanbul Walls. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kucuksu Pavilion and Haydarpasa Terminal. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi, contemplate the long history of Serefiye Sarnici, stop by Galeria Rugs, and take a stroll through Balat.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online vacation planner.

You can fly from Izmir to Istanbul in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Izmir in May; daily highs in Istanbul reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

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.

Izmir Province travel guide

4.2
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
İzmir Province represents a land where undulating mountains fading into the indigo sky serve as a backdrop to lush green vineyards. Its abudance of ancient ruins and location on the Aegean coast make this Mediterranean province a prime holiday destination. The province boasts a fascinating history, having been ceded to the Greeks following World War I, only to be later reclaimed in the Turkish War of Independence. The coastal towns, ancient cities, warm climate, and superb local fish and herb cuisine are among the delights of this vacation spot.