11 days in Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

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Fly
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Antalya
— 1 night
Bus
4
Fethiye
— 1 night
Drive
5
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Taxi to Fethiye, Bus to Antalya
6
Antalya
— 1 night
Fly
7
Istanbul
— 2 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then appreciate the history behind Sultanahmet Square. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Istiklal Caddesi, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, then take in the views from Galata Koprusu, and finally take an in-depth tour of Istanbul Archaeological Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip site.

Lahore, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lahore to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Lahore in December: highs in Istanbul hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and then take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Uchisar Castle, then take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

Before you visit Goreme, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect slightly colder with lows of -3°C in Goreme. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): visit Kaleici, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi.

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Getting from Goreme to Antalya by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Goreme in December: high temperatures in Antalya hover around 19°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Fethiye.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods · Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Fethiye

— 1 night
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Downtown Fethiye, then take a stroll through Old Town, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Fethiye trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by bus from Antalya to Fethiye takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Fethiye, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Fethiye

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Oludeniz

— 1 night
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Oludeniz PlajI and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Oludeniz trip planner.

Oludeniz is very close to Fethiye. In December, daytime highs in Oludeniz are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
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Antalya

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Antalya Aquarium and then delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Antalya tour app.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Oludeniz to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Istanbul

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): visit Sultanahmet District, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, then steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and finally steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Mosque. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and finally make a trip to Sogukcesme Sokak.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul travel route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Antalya to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antalya in December, you will find days in Istanbul are little chillier (7°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Turkey travel guide

4.3
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.