11 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Gallipoli
— 1 night
Drive
3
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kekova
— 1 night
Drive
5
Antalya
— 1 night
Fly
6
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kusadasi
— 1 day
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Istanbul — 2 nights

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.
Appreciate the collections at Topkapi Palace and Galata Tower. Do your shopping at Kapali Carsi and Galata Leather. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, wander the streets of Ortakoy, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Istanbul online trip builder.

London, UK to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 3 hours. Traveling from London in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Istanbul. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Gallipoli.
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Gallipoli — 1 night

The Gallipoli peninsula is located in the southern part of East Thrace, the European part of Turkey, with the Aegean Sea to the west and the Dardanelles strait to the east.Gallipoli is the Italian form of the Greek name "Καλλίπολις" (Kallípolis), meaning "Beautiful City", the original name of the modern town of Gelibolu. On the 2nd (Fri), witness the site of a historic battle at Gallipoli National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Gallipoli day trip app.

You can drive from Istanbul to Gallipoli in 4 hours. When traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Gallipoli, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Pamukkale sightseeing planner.

Drive from Gallipoli to Pamukkale in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kekova.
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Kekova — 1 night

Kekova, also named Caravola, is a small Turkish island near Demre district of Antalya province which faces the villages of Kaleköy and Üçağız . Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): kick back and relax at Tersane Koyu and then visit Kekova kardesim-m boat.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kekova driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Kekova takes 4.5 hours. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Antalya.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Konyaalti Beach, then soak in style at Turkish baths, then wander the streets of Kaleici, and finally look for gifts at Excalibur Silver.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Antalya trip tool.

Drive from Kekova to Antalya in 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Antalya are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Goreme.
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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 6th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally slough off your stress at Turkish baths. On the next day, see Off-Road Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Goreme National Park, then appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, and finally stop by Cappadocia Rug Collection.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Goreme day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Antalya to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Antalya in December, expect nights in Goreme to be little chillier, around -3°C, while days are much colder, around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to fly to Selcuk.
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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 8th (Thu): deepen your understanding of the past and present with Troy Tours, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, then pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and finally stop by La Tulip Art Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in December, things will get a bit warmer in Selcuk: highs are around 15°C and lows about 3°C. On the 9th (Fri), you'll travel to Kusadasi.
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Kusadasi — 1 day

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 9th (Fri): get outside with Cappello Beach Club, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then explore the world behind art at Hacivat Shop, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaleici Camii.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kusadasi trip site.

Kusadasi is just a short distance from Selcuk. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Selcuk to Kusadasi due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kusadasi when traveling from Selcuk in December, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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Turkey travel guide

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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.
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Antalya Province travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Waterfalls
Once a land of ancient cities, Antalya Province lies along the Mediterranean coast and is now home to Turkey's largest international sea resort. Tour the narrow, cobbled streets and historical houses in the province's eponymous city, or pay a visit to the World Heritage Site of Xanthos. Ancient cities and ruins scattered throughout the province give it its historical character. The 657 km (408 mi) long shoreline offers plenty of space to relax along its immaculate beaches and ports. Fill your holiday itinerary with a yacht tour, game of golf, rock climbing, and bird-watching.
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Cappadocia travel guide

4.7
History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
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.
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Izmir Province travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
İzmir Province represents a land where undulating mountains fading into the indigo sky serve as a backdrop to lush green vineyards. Its abudance of ancient ruins and location on the Aegean coast make this Mediterranean province a prime holiday destination. The province boasts a fascinating history, having been ceded to the Greeks following World War I, only to be later reclaimed in the Turkish War of Independence. The coastal towns, ancient cities, warm climate, and superb local fish and herb cuisine are among the delights of this vacation spot.
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