15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey tour planner

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Antalya
— 2 nights
Bus
4
Fethiye
— 1 night
Drive
5
Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Taxi to Fethiye, Bus to Antalya
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Antalya
— 1 night
Fly
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Istanbul
— 4 nights

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Istanbul

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the activities along Halic, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Ecumenical Patriarchate, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, then take a stroll through Bebek, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Eyüp Sultan Mosque.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Turkey Time (TRT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Dubai in December, expect Istanbul to be much colder, temps between 7°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get outside with Royal Balloon and then relax and rejuvenate at Camur Magarasi Katpatuka. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Zemi Valley and then look for gifts at Dowry Carpet Capadocia.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in December, with lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Spas · Nature · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Antalya

— 2 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.
On the 5th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, then examine the collection at Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Yivli Minaret Mosque. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Sandland, take a stroll through Ataturk Boulevard, and then stroll around Karaalioglu Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Antalya journey planner.

Getting from Goreme to Antalya by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Goreme in December: high temperatures in Antalya hover around 19°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Fethiye.

Things to do in Antalya

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Fethiye

— 1 night
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Old Town, steep yourself in history at Downtown Fethiye, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along The Lycian Way and then walk around Sehit Fethi Bey ParkI.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Fethiye tour planner.

You can take a bus from Antalya to Fethiye in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daily temperatures in Fethiye can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Fethiye

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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 9th (Thu): kick back and relax at Blue Lagoon, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then make a splash at Oludeniz Waterworld Aquapark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of The Necropolis and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Patara Wellness Turkish Bath.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz trip planner.

Oludeniz is very close to Fethiye. December in Oludeniz sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors · Spas · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Antalya

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take a stroll through Kaleici and then explore the ancient world of Termessos Ruins.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Antalya trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Oludeniz to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Istanbul

— 4 nights

Queen of Cities

Step off the beaten path and head to Fatih Mosque and Complex and Eminonu Square. See some other sides of Istanbul: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, stop by Tuncer Gift Shop, and don't miss a visit to Miniaturk.

Before you visit Istanbul, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Antalya to Istanbul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antalya in December, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

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.