16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Bandar Seri Begawan
Fly:  19​h
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h
3
Pamukkale
— 1 night
4
Bodrum City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Selcuk
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Antalya
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Bandar Seri Begawan

2
nights
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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul itinerary builder .

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam to Istanbul is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Bandar Seri Begawan to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Bandar Seri Begawan in December, with highs in Istanbul at 7°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Balloon Rides and Fairy Chimneys. And it doesn't end there: admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, stop by Alaturca Carpet, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and view the masterpieces at Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Center.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Goreme trip builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in December, with lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar, Kaymakli Underground City
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Gulludere Vadisi ©
Gulludere Vadisi
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

1
night
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 11th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Cleopatra Pools, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis & Pamukkale, and then learn about winemaking at Pamukkale Winery. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pamukkale Natural Park, then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then explore the ancient world of Laodikeia.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pamukkale trip builder website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Pamukkale in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Denizli
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Pamukkale Natural Park ©
Pamukkale Natural Park
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools

2
nights
Bodrum City

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): look for gifts at Socrates, then examine the collection at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, then step into the grandiose world of Castle of St. Peter, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Port Bodrum Yalikavak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Ocean Jewellery, then stop by Moden Leather Shop, and finally do a tasting at Vin Bodrum.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bodrum City trip planner .

You can drive from Pamukkale to Bodrum City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Bodrum City can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Selcuk.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Ocean Jewellery, Yalikavak Marina
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter
Yalikavak Marina ©
Yalikavak Marina

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Selcuk

Selcuk ©
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 15th (Sat): look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, delve into the distant past at The Terrace Houses, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then steep yourself in history at Public Latrine, and finally examine the collection at Ephesus Museum. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Celsus Kutuphanesi, take a stroll through Sirince Koyu, explore the ancient world of The Basilica of Saint John, then look for gifts at Black Sheep Carpets, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Bodrum City to Selcuk takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, Selcuk is little chillier than Bodrum City - with highs of 15°C and lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Sirince Koyu
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu
Ephesus Terrace Houses ©
Ephesus Terrace Houses

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nights
Antalya

Antalya ©
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 17th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Perge Ancient City, then ponder the design of Dancing Fountains, and then take a stroll through Aspendos Ruins and Theater. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate, then take in the waterfront activity at Harbour District/ Antalya Marina, then get lost in a book at Antalya kultur merkezi, and finally examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi.

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Do a combination of train and flight from Selcuk to Antalya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Selcuk in December: high temperatures in Antalya hover around 19°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Aspendos Ruins and Theater
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Perge Ancient City ©
Perge Ancient City
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi
Hadrian's Gate
Hadrian's Gate

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