17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
1
Istanbul
— 1 night
Drive
2
Ankara
— 1 night
Drive
3
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Konya
— 1 night
Drive
5
Antalya
— 1 night
Drive
6
Kas
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Fethiye
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
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Bursa
— 1 night
Drive
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
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Istanbul

— 1 night

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and then don't miss a visit to Sogukcesme Sokak.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner.

Islamabad, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 9-hour flight. Traveling from Islamabad to Istanbul, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Islamabad in October, you will find days in Istanbul are little chillier (28°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Ankara.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites

Ankara

— 1 night

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir and then take an in-depth tour of Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ankara online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Ankara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, Ankara is slightly colder than Istanbul - with highs of 16°C and lows of 15°C. On the 24th (Sun), you'll travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums

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 24th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Goreme trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Ankara to Goreme by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Ankara in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Konya.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Konya

— 1 night

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Mevlana Muzesi and then admire the natural beauty at Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Konya trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Goreme to Konya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Konya are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. On the 27th (Wed), you're off to Antalya.

Things to do in Konya

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Antalya

— 1 night
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 27th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Konya to Antalya takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Konya in October, with highs in Antalya at 31°C and lows at 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Kas

— 2 nights
An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): make a trip to Lions Tomb, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kas trip planning app.

Getting from Antalya to Kas by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors · Beaches · Tours · Parks

Fethiye

— 2 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI, and then hike along The Lycian Way. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Blue Lagoon, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then stroll around Oludeniz.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fethiye trip planner.

Getting from Kas to Fethiye by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Fethiye can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Fethiye

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

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.
On the 1st (Mon), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip itinerary website.

Getting from Fethiye to Pamukkale by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Bursa.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Bursa

— 1 night
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Koza Hani.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bursa visit planner.

Fly from Pamukkale to Bursa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Bursa can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You'll set off for Istanbul on the 3rd (Wed).

Things to do in Bursa

Shopping · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Istanbul

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hagia Sophia Mosque and Kapali Carsi. Enjoy Istanbul some more: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, explore the galleries of Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bursa to Istanbul takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Bursa in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Turkey travel guide

4.4
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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Geologic Formations · National Parks
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.