11 days in Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Turkey Itinerary

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11 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Antalya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Ankara
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
5
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Berlin

2
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.
Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Phaselis and then delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Antalya trip builder tool .

Berlin, Germany to Antalya is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Berlin to Antalya is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Manavgat, Phaselis, Aspendos Ruins and Theater
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Phaselis ©
Phaselis
Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater
Aspendos Ruins and Theater ©
Aspendos Ruins and Theater

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.
On the 5th (Thu), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and finally steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church.

To find out how to plan a trip to Pamukkale, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Antalya to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

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nights
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 6th (Fri): stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, and finally delve into the distant past at Arcadian Way. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Curetes Street, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, then delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, then pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and finally delve into the distant past at The Basilica of Saint John.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk road trip site .

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Ephesus Terrace Houses ©
Ephesus Terrace Houses
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

1
night
Ankara

Ankara ©
Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Ataturk House Museum, explore the world behind art at State Art and Sculpture Museum, examine the collection at Gokyay Chess Museum, then take an in-depth tour of II. Turkiye Buyuk Millet Meclisi Cumhuriyet Muzesi, and finally learn about all things military at Anitkabir.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ankara driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Selcuk to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Selcuk in December: highs in Ankara hover around 3°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums
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Anitkabir ©
Anitkabir
State Art and Sculpture Museum ©
State Art and Sculpture Museum

2
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

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 9th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Turasan Sarapcilik, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and finally Head underground at Uchisar Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, then contemplate the long history of Zelve Open Air Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Naile Art Gallery.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Goreme trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Ankara to Goreme by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Ankara in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Goreme, with lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Urgup, Zelve Open Air Museum, Uchisar Castle
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Balloon Rides
Zelve Open Air Museum ©
Zelve Open Air Museum
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Rumeli Fortress, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and finally take a stroll through Sultanahmet District.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Goreme in December, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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