12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  7​h
1
Izmir
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Antalya
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Goreme
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Manchester

4
nights
Izmir

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Let the collections at Arkas Art Center and Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ancient City of Ephesus and Ephesus Terrace Houses. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Izmir: Selcuk (Arcadian Way, Mermerli Yol, & more).

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Izmir trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Izmir is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Selcuk
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

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.
On the 27th (Fri), examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and then wander the streets of Kaleici.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya day trip website .

You can fly from Izmir to Antalya in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Izmir in December, expect nights in Antalya to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
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Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Lower Duden Waterfalls ©
Lower Duden Waterfalls
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi

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.
Visiting Goreme National Park and Balloon Rides will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will appreciate Naile Art Gallery and Guray Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, identify plant and animal life at Damsa Baraji, and ride a horse along Lucky Horse Ranch.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Goreme trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Antalya to Goreme takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antalya in December, you will find days in Goreme are cooler (6°C), and nights are a bit cooler (-3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultanahmet District. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Basilica Cistern. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern.

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

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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