20 days in Turkey & Croatia Itinerary

20 days in Turkey & Croatia Itinerary

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20 days in Turkey & Croatia Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  15​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
ferry:  3​h 45​min
3
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Rovinj, Croatia
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + taxi:  9​h 15​min
7
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Cape Town, South Africa


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3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Yeni Camii and Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. When in Istanbul, make a side trip to see Sardala Koyu in Kandira, approximately 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, explore the activities along Halic, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Istanbul itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in November, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Sardala Koyu
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): wander the streets of Old Town and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac, then stroll through Srebreno Beach, then wander the streets of Cavtat Old Town, and finally stroll the grounds of Cavtat Cemetery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik attractions app .

You can fly from Istanbul to Dubrovnik in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Dubrovnik due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in November, plan for little chillier nights in Dubrovnik, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cavtat, Srebreno Beach
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Cavtat Old Town ©
Cavtat Old Town

2
nights
Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): kick back and relax at Mlini Beach and then get great views at Spanjola. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Dubovica, then wander the streets of Milna, and then admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hvar online tour builder .

Traveling by ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Dubovica Beach
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Dubovica Beach ©
Dubovica Beach
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 19th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Of St. Roch, steep yourself in history at Old Split, and then steep yourself in history at Historic City of Trogir. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Kuzma and St Damjan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and then explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Split trip planner .

Getting from Hvar to Split by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Church Of St. Roch, Church of St Kuzma and St Damjan, Historic City of Trogir
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Old Split ©
Old Split
Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano

1
night
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): stroll the grounds of Mirogoj Cemetery, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Zagreb online road trip planner .

Fly from Split to Zagreb in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Split in November, things will get little chillier in Zagreb: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
Mirogoj Cemetery ©
Mirogoj Cemetery

2
nights
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Eufrazijeva Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Euphrasius Basilica, steep yourself in history at Porec Old Town, then make a trip to Port of Rovinj, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Euphemia, and finally wander the streets of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Monkodonja Hill Fort and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinesta Beach.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rovinj day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Rovinj takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Zagreb in November, things will get a bit warmer in Rovinj: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Porec, Pinesta Beach
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Porec Old Town ©
Porec Old Town
Old Town ©
Old Town
Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj

1
night
Pamukkale, Turkey

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then learn about winemaking at Pamukkale Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Ornaz Vadisi, then head outdoors with Pamukkale Balloons, then take in the dramatic scenery at Guney Selalesi, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Pamukkale trip planning website .

Getting from Rovinj to Pamukkale by combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Denizli
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

3
nights
Goreme, Turkey

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): examine the collection at Hacıbektaş Veli Müzesi, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hacibektas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Camel Rock, and finally browse the exhibits of Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy unforgettable views with Royal Balloon, stroll through Nature & Parks, then get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), then learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, and finally soak in style at Turkish baths.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Goreme online travel planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in November, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nevsehir, Kocabag Winery
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Hacibektas ©
Hacibektas
Zelve Open Air Museum ©
Zelve Open Air Museum
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©

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