22 days in Ankara & United Kingdom Itinerary

22 days in Ankara & United Kingdom Itinerary

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Start: Ankara, Turkey
1
Ankara, Turkey
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  8 h 15 min
2
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Fort William, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
6
Caernarfon, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
7
Newquay, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  11 h 30 min
End: Ankara, Turkey

1
night
Ankara, Turkey

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Altindag Belediyesi Sair ve Yazarlar Evi, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, then admire the striking features of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii), and finally contemplate the long history of Roman Wall. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hamamonu Restored Area, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tacettin Sultan Cami, and finally get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ankara online trip planner.

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major aiport is Esenboğa International Airport. In July, daytime highs in Ankara are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums Historic Sites
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Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi ©
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi
Anitkabir ©
Anitkabir
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi

4
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.
Visit Tower of London and Westminster Abbey for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore The British Museum and Natural History Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, admire the landmark architecture of Banqueting House, learn about all things military at Churchill War Rooms, and explore the galleries of Newport Street Gallery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our London trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ankara to London in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Ankara in July, expect nights in London to be much colder, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

3
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Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Explore hidden gems such as Culloden Battlefield and Fort George. Get a sense of the local culture at Cawdor Castle and The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection). Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Aviemore (Cairngorm Mountain & Cairngorm Brewery). The adventure continues: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, and don't miss a visit to Clava Cairns.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Inverness planner.

Fly from London to Inverness in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from London in August, things will get a bit cooler in Inverness: highs are around 21°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Aviemore, Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle, Clava Cairns
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Cairngorm Mountain ©
Cairngorm Mountain
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

3
nights
Fort William, United Kingdom

Fort William ©
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. Step out of the city life by going to Ben Nevis and Steall Waterfall. Get some cultural insight at Glenfinnan Viaduct and Glenfinnan Monument. Get out of town with these interesting Fort William side-trips: Kilchurn Castle (in Dalmally), Fort Augustus (Fort Augustus Abbey & Iceberg Glass) and Inveraray Jail (in Inveraray). There's still lots to do: admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort William day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Inverness to Fort William in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Fort Augustus, Kilchurn Castle, Glen Coe, Inveraray Jail
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Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe
Inveraray Jail ©
Inveraray Jail
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct

4
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Old Town. Step off the beaten path and head to National Wallace Monument and Doune Castle. Change things up with a short trip to Linlithgow Palace in Linlithgow (about 40 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Scottish National Portrait Gallery, step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Caernarfon.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Stirling, Linlithgow Palace
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Scottish National Portrait Gallery ©
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Doune Castle ©
Doune Castle
Linlithgow Palace ©
Linlithgow Palace

3
nights
Caernarfon, United Kingdom

Caernarfon
Caernarfon is a royal town, community, and port in Gwynedd, Wales, with a population of 9,615. Discover out-of-the-way places like Conwy Castle and Beaumaris Castle. Caernarfon Castle and National Trust - Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens will appeal to history buffs. Explore Caernarfon's surroundings by going to Conwy (Plas Mawr & Conwy Town Walls) and South Stack Lighthouse (in Holyhead). There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Slate Museum and see the interesting displays at Penrhyn Castle (National Trust).

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Caernarfon trip site.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Caernarfon in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Edinburgh in August, Caernarfon is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Newquay.

Things to do in Caernarfon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Conwy, Beaumaris Castle, National Slate Museum, National Trust - Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens, South Stack Lighthouse
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Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle
Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle
Plas Mawr ©
Plas Mawr

3
nights
Newquay, United Kingdom

Newquay ©
Known as the Surf Capital of the UK, Newquay is a vibrant city with youthful energy.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Watergate Bay, then admire the natural beauty at Lanhydrock House and Garden, and then explore the ancient world of Tintagel Castle. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Fistral Beach Bar, enjoy the sand and surf at Porth Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Perranporth Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Newquay day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Caernarfon to Newquay takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Newquay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Perranporth Beach, Lanhydrock House and Garden, Tintagel Castle
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Watergate Bay ©
Watergate Bay
Tintagel Castle ©
Tintagel Castle
Perranporth Beach ©
Perranporth Beach

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