38 days in United Kingdom, Istanbul & Goreme Itinerary

38 days in United Kingdom, Istanbul & Goreme Itinerary

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38 days in United Kingdom, Istanbul & Goreme Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  27​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
3
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
train:  1​h
5
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Pateley Bridge, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Dunkeld, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  4​h
10
Cambridge, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
flight:  35​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi) as well as Mosaic Museum. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul online route maker .

Auckland, New Zealand to Istanbul is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Auckland to Istanbul. In December, Istanbul is much colder than Auckland - with highs of 7°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) 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
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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.
Keep things going the next day: soar above the sights with a balloon tour and then get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Goreme sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect slightly colder with lows of -3°C in Goreme. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Aylesbury.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

3
nights
Aylesbury, United Kingdom

Aylesbury ©
Aylesbury is the county town of Buckinghamshire, England. Venture out of the city with trips to St Peter's Church (in Upper Slaughter), Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology (in Oxford) and Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Abbotts View AlpacasAbbotts View Farm, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Chiltern Brewery, appreciate the history behind Ronnie Barker Statue, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Waddesdon Greenway.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Aylesbury trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Goreme to Aylesbury. The time zone difference when traveling from Goreme to Aylesbury is minus 3 hours. In December, Aylesbury is a bit warmer than Goreme - with highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Aylesbury

Fun & Games Breweries & Distilleries Parks

Side Trips

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Cotswolds Distillery, St Peter's Church
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Cotswolds Distillery ©
Cotswolds Distillery
St Peter's Church ©
St Peter's Church
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology ©

5
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, steep yourself in history at Houses of Parliament, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the London trip maker site .

Traveling by train from Aylesbury to London takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. December in London sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Aylesbury.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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The British Museum ©
The British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

1
night
Aylesbury, United Kingdom

Aylesbury
On the 21st (Sat), pause for some photo ops at John Hampden Statue.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Aylesbury journey planner .

You can take a train from London to Aylesbury in an hour. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Pateley Bridge.
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

5
nights
Pateley Bridge, United Kingdom

Pateley Bridge ©
Pateley Bridge is a small market town in Nidderdale in the Borough of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pateley Bridge: Aysgarth (St. Andrew's Church & Aysgarth Falls), Richmond Castle (in Richmond) and St Michael and All Angels Church (in Hubberholme). There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Barrow-in-Furness Town Hall, hike along Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, explore the ancient world of Fountains Abbey, and explore the historical opulence of Skipton Castle.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Pateley Bridge route planner .

Getting from Aylesbury to Pateley Bridge by car takes about 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Pateley Bridge are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dunkeld.

Things to do in Pateley Bridge

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Aysgarth, Barrow-in-Furness Town Hall, Skipton Castle, Richmond Castle, Malham Cove
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Aysgarth Falls ©
Aysgarth Falls
Barrow-in-Furness Town Hall ©
Barrow-in-Furness Town Hall
Malham Cove ©
Malham Cove

2
nights
Dunkeld, United Kingdom

Dunkeld ©
Dunkeld and Birnam are two adjacent towns in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. On the 27th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Birks of Aberfeldy and then browse the exhibits of The Glenturret Distillery. On your second day here, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery, steep yourself in history at The Scottish Crannog Centre, then take in the pleasant sights at The Hermitage Woodland Walk, and finally go for a walk through Birnam Oak.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Dunkeld itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Pateley Bridge to Dunkeld takes 5 hours. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Dunkeld

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Aberfeldy, The Scottish Crannog Centre, The Glenturret Distillery
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The Glenturret Distillery ©
The Glenturret Distillery
The Birks of Aberfeldy ©
The Birks of Aberfeldy
The Scottish Crannog Centre ©
The Scottish Crannog Centre

4
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Cairngorm Mountain (in Aviemore) and Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh). Next up on the itinerary: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, step into the grandiose world of Inverness Castle, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and explore the activities along River Ness.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Inverness trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dunkeld to Inverness takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Inverness

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urquhart Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, Cairngorm Mountain
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Distillery Tours
Cairngorm Mountain ©
Cairngorm Mountain
Room Escape Games

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, pause for some photo ops at Alexander and Bucephalus, sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience, and don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Cambridge.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat

3
nights
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Steeped in history and tradition, Cambridge is renowned for its ancient colleges and sprawling green gardens.
Get out of town with these interesting Cambridge side-trips: Norwich Cathedral (in Norwich) and Colchester Zoo (in Colchester). There's still lots to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate the waterfront views at The River Cam, learn about all things military at IWM Duxford, and deepen your understanding at King's College Chapel.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cambridge online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Edinburgh to Cambridge in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cambridge

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Colchester Zoo, Norwich Cathedral, IWM Duxford
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Room Escape Games
The Cambridge Gin Laboratory ©
The Cambridge Gin Laboratory
Cambridgeshire Wine School ©
Cambridgeshire Wine School

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