22 days in Turkey Itinerary

22 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey visit planner

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Istanbul
— 10 nights
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 8 nights
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Istanbul

— 10 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.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Galata Tower will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Taksim Square, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul day trip planning tool.

Ankara to Istanbul is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In February, Istanbul is a bit warmer than Ankara - with highs of 11°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

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.
Visiting Hierapolis and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Laodikeia and Anatolia Cemetery. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, head outdoors with Pamukkale Balloons, and Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 8 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.
Visit Goreme National Park and Gore Harabeleri for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Balloon Rides and Ihlara Valley. Get out of town with these interesting Goreme side-trips: Selime Monastery (in Guzelyurt) and Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Uzumlu Kilise, &more). There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the striking landscape at Love Valley, learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, and step into the grandiose world of Uchisar Castle.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Goreme planner.

Fly from Pamukkale to Goreme in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.