17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

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17 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  4 h
1
Antalya
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h
2
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
5
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Basiskele
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Bursa
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
8
Ankara
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h 30 min
9
Goreme
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Kuwait City

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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 31st (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, then explore the wide array of goods at Balon Park, and then explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate.

To find maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Antalya trip planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Antalya is an approximately 4-hour flight. When traveling from Kuwait City in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Antalya: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Hadrian's Gate
Hadrian's Gate
Lower Duden Waterfalls ©
Lower Duden Waterfalls

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Oludeniz

Oludeniz ©
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Calis Beach, then explore the historical opulence of Fethiye Kalesi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, and finally look for gifts at Soap Lady Oludeniz.

To see maps, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read Oludeniz trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Antalya to Oludeniz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Oludeniz, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Fethiye
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Soap Lady Oludeniz ©
Soap Lady Oludeniz
Fethiye Kalesi ©
Fethiye Kalesi

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, then take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Guney Selalesi.

To see where to stay, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Denizli
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi ©
Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): visit Sirince Koyu, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and finally explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and then look for gifts at Sultan Jewellery & Fine Handmade Ceramic Art.

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

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sirince Koyu
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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

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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.
Head to Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi and Ikonium Studiofor some retail therapy. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, wander the streets of Istiklal Street, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Selale Parkuru.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planner.

Fly from Selcuk to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Selcuk in February, expect nights in Istanbul to be somewhat warmer, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Basiskele.

Things to do in Istanbul

Wildlife Museums Nature
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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Basiskele

Basiskele ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Eriklitepe Tabiat Parki. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Selim Sirri Pasa Konagi, see the interesting displays at Gayret Gemi Museum, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Eriklitepe Tabiat Parki.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Basiskele online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Istanbul to Basiskele by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in February, Basiskele is a bit cooler at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bursa.

Things to do in Basiskele

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Izmit
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Eriklitepe Tabiat Parki ©
Eriklitepe Tabiat Parki
Gayret Gemi Museum ©
Gayret Gemi Museum
Selim Sirri Pasa Konagi ©
Selim Sirri Pasa Konagi

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Bursa

Bursa ©
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Korupark Shopping Center as well as Tofas's Bursa Museum Of Anatolian Cars. On the 10th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Koza Hani, look for gifts at Korupark Shopping Center, and then take a stroll through Cumalikizik. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Tofas's Bursa Museum Of Anatolian Cars, examine the collection at Bursa City Museum, and then examine the collection at Mudanya Armistice House Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bursa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Basiskele to Bursa takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Basiskele in February, Bursa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Bursa

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mudanya Armistice House Museum
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Korupark Shopping Center ©
Korupark Shopping Center
Mudanya Armistice House Museum ©
Mudanya Armistice House Museum
Koza Hani ©
Koza Hani

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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.
On the 12th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Ankara Castle, then get to know the fascinating history of Hamamonu Restored Area, then stop by Mohair&Angora Flagship Store, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Anitkabir.

To find reviews, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ankara journey planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bursa to Ankara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bursa in February: highs in Ankara hover around 5°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Ankara Castle ©
Ankara Castle
Anitkabir ©
Anitkabir
Hamamonu Restored Area ©
Hamamonu Restored Area

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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 Tarihi Milli Parki and Lucky Horse Ranch will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Kapadokya Ebru Sanat Evi and Buyukakten Temenni YeraltI Evi. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, see Off-Road Tours, and stop by Alaturca Taner.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Goreme holiday app .

Take a bus from Ankara to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Ankara in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 12°C by day to -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar, Avanos, Culture Museum, Zelve Open Air Museum
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Cappadocia Art & History Museum ©
Cappadocia Art & History Museum
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki ©
Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki

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