13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

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13 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Konya
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h
4
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Kusadasi
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Bursa
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur


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1
night
Istanbul

Istanbul
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.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 5 hours. In December, Istanbul is colder than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 7°C and lows of 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sat) before leaving for Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours Nightlife Shopping
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2
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

Goreme ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center and Goreme National Park. Head to Alaturca Taner and Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Centerfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, soak in style at Turkish baths, and browse the exhibits of Goreme Acikhava Muzesi.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Goreme trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in December since evenings lows in Goreme dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Konya.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Alaturca Taner, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

few
hours
Konya

Konya
The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take a stroll through Konya Kultur Sokagi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aziziye Cami, then get engrossed in the history at Mevlana Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sems-i Tebrizi Tomb & Mosque.

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Getting from Goreme to Konya by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Konya

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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2
nights
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
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 25th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then stroll around Pamukkale Natural Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, then take in the natural beauty of Cleopatra Pools, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Pamukkale trip planner .

Traveling by car from Konya to Pamukkale takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Thu) before leaving for Kusadasi.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

1
night
Kusadasi

Kusadasi ©
Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Ladies Beach, then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally delve into the distant past at Celsus Kutuphanesi.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kusadasi journey planner .

You can drive from Pamukkale to Kusadasi in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Kusadasi are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Selcuk
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

1
day
Bursa

Bursa ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Green Tomb, see the interesting displays at Bursa City Museum, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Koza Hani, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulu Cami.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bursa trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Kusadasi to Bursa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kusadasi in December, with highs in Bursa at 12°C and lows at 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Koza Hani ©
Koza Hani
Ulu Cami ©
Ulu Cami
Green Tomb ©
Green Tomb

4
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
Shop till you drop at Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi and Caferiye Tekkesi. Get some cultural insight at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami . See even more of Istanbul: wander the streets of Ortakoy, stop by Mısır Çarşısı, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and don't miss a visit to Istiklal Street.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Istanbul holiday planner .

Drive from Bursa to Istanbul in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Bursa in December, plan for little chillier days in Istanbul, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) ©
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

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