16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Ferry to Male, Fly to Istanbul
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Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Fethiye
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Fly
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Bursa
— 1 night
Drive
6
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly to Male, Ferry to Male

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Istanbul — 4 nights

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.
Grand Bazaar Jewelers has been added to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sadberk Hanim Museum and Sakirin Mosque. Get some historical perspective at Mecidiye Mosque and Caferaga Medresesi. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Balat, delve into the distant past at Valens Aqueduct, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Ecumenical Patriarchate, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul attractions planner.

Male, Maldives to Istanbul is an approximately 12-hour combination of ferry and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Male to Istanbul. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Male in December: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 7°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Goreme.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Zelve Open Air Museum and Cappadocia Art & History Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Lucky Horse Ranch and Off-Road & ATV Trails. Change things up with a short trip to The Statue of Ataturk in Kayseri (about 1h 5 min away). There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Camur Magarasi Katpatuka.

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You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in December, with lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Fethiye.
Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Fethiye — 2 nights

A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
You'll explore and learn at Kargi Nomadic Museum and Fethiye Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Town and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with these side-trips from Fethiye: Dalyan Special Environmental Protection Area (in Dalyan) and Sarigerme Public Beach (in Sarigerme). There's more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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You can fly from Goreme to Fethiye in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Goreme in January: high temperatures in Fethiye hover around 17°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Pamukkale.
Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Pamukkale — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale day trip planning website.

Getting from Fethiye to Pamukkale by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Bursa.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
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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.
To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bursa trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Pamukkale to Bursa in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Bursa, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 5°C at night. You'll set off for Istanbul on the 6th (Thu).
Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Istanbul — 2 nights

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vlaherna Meryem Ana Church and Buyuk Mecidiye Cami. Visit Dolmabahçe Mosque and Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque for their historical value. Enjoy Istanbul some more: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nuruosmaniye Camii, admire the masterpieces at Dogancay Museum, learn about all things military at Naval Museum, and steep yourself in history at Serefiye Sarnici.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul day trip tool.

Getting from Bursa to Istanbul by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Bursa in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

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.

Cappadocia travel guide

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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.