15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey visit planner

Make it your trip
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Istanbul
— 1 day
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Antalya
— 2 nights
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Istanbul
— 4 nights
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Istanbul

— 1 day

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 22nd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, and finally get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Istanbul is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Istanbul, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in December, Istanbul is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites

Pamukkale

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Pamukkale trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Adventure

Selcuk

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Sirince Koyu and then see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Selcuk road trip planning site.

Getting from Pamukkale to Selcuk by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Selcuk sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Step out of Goreme with an excursion to The Statue of Ataturk in Kayseri--about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, and look for gifts at Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Goreme sightseeing tool.

You can fly from Selcuk to Goreme in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Selcuk in December, with highs in Goreme at 6°C and lows at -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Hadrian's Gate, then go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, and then wander the streets of Kaleici. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi and then admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Antalya sightseeing tool.

Getting from Goreme to Antalya by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Goreme in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Antalya: highs are around 19°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Istanbul

— 4 nights

Queen of Cities

Enjoy Istanbul some more: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait, and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Antalya to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Antalya in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Turkey travel guide

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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.