10 days in Turkey Itinerary

10 days in Turkey Itinerary

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10 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: George Town, Penang Island
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
3
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: George Town, Penang Island

4
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. Appreciate the collections at Topkapi Palace and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Bentler Tabiat Parki, get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and take in the exciting artwork at Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Istanbul online vacation builder .

George Town, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, train, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from George Town to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from George Town in February, with highs in Istanbul at 11°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Wildlife Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Naile Art Gallery, then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki and then explore by horseback at Lucky Horse Ranch.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect much colder evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in February, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki ©
Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki

1
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.
On the 27th (Thu), take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Pamukkale online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Selcuk

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 28th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally stop by La Tulip Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Selcuk can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

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