12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Urgup, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly
3
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kekova
— 2 nights
Drive to Antalya International Airport, Fly to Hyderabad

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Urgup, Cappadocia — 2 nights

A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at Camur Magarasi Katpatuka. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of TokalI Church, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally do a tasting at Kocabag Winery.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Urgup road trip website.

Hyderabad, India to Urgup is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hyderabad to Urgup is minus 2.5 hours. Traveling from Hyderabad in December, expect Urgup to be colder, temps between 6°C and -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.
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Istanbul — 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia Mosque and Basilica Cistern. Take a break from the city and head to Deepist Diving & Travel and Bentler Tabiat Parki. There's still lots to do: visit Ortakoy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and admire the striking features of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

You can fly from Urgup to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Urgup in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): delve into the distant past at Hierapolis and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: push the limits with an extreme tour, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kekova.
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Kekova — 2 nights

Kekova, also named Caravola, is a small Turkish island near Demre district of Antalya province which faces the villages of Kaleköy and Üçağız . On the 4th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tersane Koyu and then see what you can catch with Kekova kardesim-m boat.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kekova road trip site.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Kekova in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel 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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