10 days in Turkey Itinerary

10 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

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Drive
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Fly
2
Cesme
— 2 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly

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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): stop by Alaturca Taner and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Goreme vacation planner.

Konya to Goreme is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Cesme.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Cesme

— 2 nights
The ancient coastal town of Cesme has managed to preserve its natural beauty, even after many years as one of the most popular beach resorts in Turkey's Aegean Region.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): do a tasting at Gemici Winery, stroll through Ilica Plaji, then get in on the family fun at Aqua Toy City, and finally get outside with Dalyan Plaza Beach Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): kick back and relax at Cesme AltInkum Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Cesme Castle, and then take in the waterfront activity at Dalyan Marina.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cesme itinerary planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Cesme in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme to Cesme, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Goreme in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Cesme. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Cesme

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Selcuk

— 2 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Lilys Authentic Art carpets and textiles shop, then stop by Sultan Carpet and Kilim, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isa Bey Mosque, and finally cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Selcuk day trip planner.

Drive from Cesme to Selcuk in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Traveling from Cesme to Selcuk, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cesme in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Selcuk: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Theme Parks

Pamukkale

— 2 nights

Cotton Castle

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 21st (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Here are some ideas for day two: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Pamukkale trip planner.

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

Istanbul

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, and finally get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, explore the galleries of Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the striking features of Serefiye Sarnici, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.