12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Goreme
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Antalya
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
4
Izmir
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Manchester

4
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.
Visit Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultanahmet District for their historical value. Topkapi Palace and Rumeli Fortress will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the activities along Selale Parkuru, get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time is 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Manchester in December since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Goreme.

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

3
nights
Goreme

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Naile Art Gallery and Guray Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Goreme National Park and Cappadocia Cave Dwellings. There's still lots to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, do some rugged touring at local off-road trails, look for all kinds of wild species at Damsa Baraji, and explore by horseback at Lucky Horse Ranch.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Goreme online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in December, Goreme is a bit cooler at night with lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Urgup, Guray Museum, Naile Art Gallery
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stroll through Mermerli Beach, then kick back and relax at Konyaalti Beach, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Antalya trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Antalya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in December, expect Antalya to be somewhat warmer, temps between 19°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Konyaalti Beach
Konyaalti Beach

3
nights
Izmir

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
You'll explore and learn at Maket Koy and Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu. Get in touch with nature at Boyabagi and Ekmeksiz Plaji. Explore Izmir's surroundings by going to Fishing Charters & Tours (in Foca) and Keci Kalesi (in Selcuk). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Arkas Art Center and see the interesting displays at Arkas Deniz Tarihi Muzesi.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Izmir online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Antalya to Izmir takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Antalya in December, expect nights in Izmir to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are slightly colder, around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Izmir

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Selcuk, Boyabagi, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Arkas Art Center ©
Arkas Art Center
Arkas Deniz Tarihi Muzesi ©
Arkas Deniz Tarihi Muzesi

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