8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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8 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
2
Bursa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Uludag National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Bursa
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
5
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Doha

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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.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary maker app .

Doha, Qatar to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. While traveling from Doha, expect colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 26°C. You will leave for Bursa on the 18th (Fri).

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours Nightlife Shopping
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night
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.
On the 18th (Fri), stop by Covered Bazaar (Bedesten), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then take a stroll through Cumalikizik.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bursa holiday builder .

You can drive from Istanbul to Bursa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul in October, expect Bursa to be a bit cooler, temps between 23°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Uludag National Park.

Things to do in Bursa

Neighborhoods Shopping Fun & Games
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Cumalikizik ©
Cumalikizik
Covered Bazaar (Bedesten) ©
Covered Bazaar (Bedesten)

1
day
Uludag National Park

Uludag National Park
On the 19th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Kupeli Ev and then stroll through Kardanadam.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Uludag National Park trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Bursa to Uludag National Park in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Uludag National Park

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Kupeli Ev
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night
Bursa

Bursa
To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bursa trip site .

Drive from Uludag National Park to Bursa in 1.5 hours. You'll set off for Pamukkale on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Bursa

Parks Shopping Museums
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night
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 20th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Guney Selalesi, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On your second day here, look for gifts at Babadaglilar Ishani, buy something for everyone on your list at Teras Park Alisveris Merkezi, and then do a tasting at Pamukkale Winery.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Pamukkale online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Bursa to Pamukkale takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trip

Denizli
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Pamukkale Winery ©
Pamukkale Winery
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

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nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Ortakoy. Attractions like Basilica Cistern and Kapali Carsi make great kid-friendly stops. See some other sides of Istanbul: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, appreciate the history behind Sultanahmet Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and admire the striking features of Yeni Camii.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul holiday maker app .

Getting from Pamukkale to Istanbul by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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