18 days in Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey vacation planner

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Urgup, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Derinkuyu, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uchisar, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
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Istanbul
— 7 nights
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Urgup, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, examine the collection at Cappadocia Art & History Museum, and then stop by Antikite Ottoman. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag, admire the striking features of Ortahisar Abdioglu Camii, step into the grandiose world of Ortahisar Kalesi, then contemplate the long history of AsmaliKonak, and finally learn about winemaking at Turasan Sarapcilik.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Urgup trip planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Urgup is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Urgup is minus 2.5 hours. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in March, expect Urgup to be colder, temps between 16°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Derinkuyu.

Things to do in Urgup

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Derinkuyu, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
Derinkuyu is a town and district of Nevşehir Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): stroll through Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Theodore Church, don't miss a visit to Kaymakli Underground City, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uzumlu Kilise, and finally stroll around HakkI Atamutlu Kultur Parki.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Derinkuyu using our trip planner.

Getting from Urgup to Derinkuyu by car takes about an hour. In March in Derinkuyu, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Uchisar.

Things to do in Derinkuyu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Uchisar, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
Enjoy the best views of Capaddocia at Uchisar, home to a rock citadel at the area's highest point.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Gore Harabeleri, admire the verdant scenery at Devrent Valley, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and finally learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): examine the collection at Nevsehir Museum, then view the masterpieces at La Maison du Kilim, then stop by Alaturca Taner, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Uchisar day trip app.

You can drive from Derinkuyu to Uchisar in an hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Goreme.

Things to do in Uchisar

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 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.
On the 8th (Mon), enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally stop by Arts & Crafts Cappadocia.

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Goreme is just a stone's throw from Uchisar. In March, daytime highs in Goreme are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Nature

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 10th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Akhan Kervansaray, then stop by Karahayit, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Guney Selalesi, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pamukkale trip planning website.

You can fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Istanbul

— 7 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul route planner.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daytime highs in Istanbul are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Turkey travel guide

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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.