38 days in United Kingdom, Istanbul & Goreme Itinerary

38 days in United Kingdom, Istanbul & Goreme Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
3
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
4
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
5
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
— 1 night
6
Pateley Bridge, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
7
Dunkeld, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
8
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
9
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
10
Skegness, United Kingdom
— 1 night
11
Cambridge, United Kingdom
— 1 night

5
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

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 Great Palace Mosaics Museum. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online tour itinerary maker.

Auckland, New Zealand to Istanbul is an approximately 28-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Auckland to Istanbul. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Auckland in December, with highs in Istanbul at °C and lows at °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Food Tours
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Goreme trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect slightly colder with lows of °C in Goreme. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for 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. Explore Aylesbury's surroundings by going to St Peter's Church (in Upper Slaughter), Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology (in Oxford) and Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Westonbirt Arboretum, enjoy some diversion at GB Shooting, don't miss a visit to Malmesbury Market Cross, and pause for some photo ops at Ronnie Barker Statue.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Aylesbury attractions planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Aylesbury in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Goreme to Aylesbury. In December, Aylesbury is somewhat warmer than Goreme - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to London.

Things to do in Aylesbury

Wildlife Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Malmesbury Market Cross, St Peter's Church, Cotswolds Distillery, Westonbirt Arboretum, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
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Cotswolds Distillery ©
Cotswolds Distillery
Westonbirt Arboretum ©
Westonbirt Arboretum
Abbotts View AlpacasAbbotts View Farm ©
Abbotts View AlpacasAbbotts View Farm

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, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, explore the world behind art at National Gallery, and steep yourself in history at Houses of Parliament.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our London trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Aylesbury to London in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Aylesbury.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

1
night
Aylesbury, United Kingdom

Aylesbury
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): appreciate the history behind John Hampden Statue.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Aylesbury road trip website.

You can drive from London to Aylesbury in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Pateley Bridge.
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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 Pateley Bridge's surroundings by going to Aysgarth Falls (in Aysgarth), St Michael and All Angels Church (in Hubberholme) and Ingleton Waterfalls Trail (in Ingleton). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Barrow-in-Furness Town Hall, take in the exciting artwork at Simone Galleries, explore the historical opulence of Richmond Castle, and explore the ancient world of Fountains Abbey.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Pateley Bridge trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Aylesbury to Pateley Bridge takes 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Pateley Bridge are °C, while nighttime lows are °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

Skipton Castle, Aysgarth Falls, Malham Cove, The Bowes Museum, Fountains Abbey
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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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): trek along The Birks of Aberfeldy and then sample the fine beverages at The Glenturret Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample the fine beverages at Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery, thensteep yourself in history at The Scottish Crannog Centre, thentake in the pleasant sights at The Hermitage Woodland Walk, and finally go for a walk through Birnam Oak.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dunkeld tour site.

Traveling by car from Pateley Bridge to Dunkeld takes 5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for Inverness.

Things to do in Dunkeld

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Aberfeldy, The Glenturret Distillery, The Scottish Crannog Centre
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The Glenturret Distillery ©
The Glenturret Distillery
The Naked Sheep ©
The Naked Sheep
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: step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle, contemplate the long history of Fort George, explore the activities along River Ness, and have some family-friendly fun at Infinity Trampoline Park Inverness.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Inverness trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Dunkeld to Inverness takes 2 hours. December in Inverness sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Thu) before leaving for Edinburgh.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cairngorm Mountain, Eilean Donan Castle, Urquhart Castle
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Distillery Tours
Cairngorm Mountain ©
Cairngorm Mountain
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle

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, and nightlife. 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 reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, 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 °C during the day and °C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Skegness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Tours Childrens Museums
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions ©
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

1
night
Skegness, United Kingdom

Skegness ©
Skegness is a seaside town and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England, on the Lincolnshire coast of the North Sea, 43mi east of Lincoln. On the 6th (Mon), take a leisurely stroll along Skegness Pier, look for all kinds of wild species at Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve, thenget your game on at Big Kidz Karting, thenobserve the fascinating underwater world at Skegness Aquarium, and finally pause for some photo ops at Skegness Clock Tower.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Skegness road trip site.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Skegness takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Cambridge.

Things to do in Skegness

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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Natureland Seal Sanctuary ©
Natureland Seal Sanctuary
Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve ©
Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve
Skegness Clock Tower ©
Skegness Clock Tower

1
night
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Cambridge
Steeped in history and tradition, Cambridge is renowned for its ancient colleges and sprawling green gardens.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): learn about all things military at IWM Duxford.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cambridge trip planner.

Traveling by car from Skegness to Cambridge takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Cambridge can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cambridge

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

IWM Duxford
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Fitzwilliam Museum
Fitzwilliam Museum
Room Escape Games
King's College Chapel ©
King's College Chapel

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