10 days in Turkey Itinerary

10 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
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Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Basiskele
— 1 night
Drive
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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Selcuk

An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
On the 25th (Fri), surround yourself with nature on Troy Tours and then stop by Sultan Jewellery & Fine Handmade Ceramic Art. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then explore the ancient world of Trajan's Fountain, and finally explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk trip itinerary planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Selcuk is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jerusalem to Selcuk is 1 hour. In December, Selcuk is little chillier than Jerusalem - with highs of 15°C and lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Wildlife

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Pamukkale

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.
On the 27th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Pamukkale Balloons and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Basiskele.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Nature

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Basiskele

On the 29th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Basiskele trip planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Basiskele by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In December in Basiskele, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Basiskele

Nature · Wildlife · Parks

3
nights
Istanbul

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. Do your shopping at Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Caddesi. There's much more to do: stop by Ortakoy, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Basiskele to Istanbul in 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Basiskele in December: highs in Istanbul hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Goreme, Cappadocia

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 2nd (Sat): get outside with Outdoor Activities, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then Head underground at Uchisar Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Orient Bazaar, then explore the striking landscape at Zemi Valley, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Goreme trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in January, you will find days in Goreme are a bit cooler (5°C), and nights are cooler (-4°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Turkey travel guide

4.5
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.