11 days in Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Turkey Itinerary

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11 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Goreme
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Buyukada
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam

1
night
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 18th (Mon), stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Selcuk sightseeing planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Selcuk is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Selcuk. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in May: high temperatures in Selcuk hover around 30°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Pamukkale online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
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 21st (Thu), explore the world behind art at Naile Art Gallery- Cappadocia Ebru Art Center, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, then stop by Arts & Crafts Cappadocia, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Goreme trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Goreme sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Naile Art Gallery
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

3
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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and wander the streets of Sultanahmet District.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Istanbul tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Istanbul. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Buyukada.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
Buyukada

Buyukada ©
On the 26th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Buyukada Tabiat Parki and then examine the collection at Adalar Müzesi / Museum of the Princes' Islands. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Aya Yorgi Church.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Buyukada travel planner.

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Buyukada takes 2.5 hours. In May in Buyukada, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Buyukada

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Buyukada Tabiat Parki ©
Buyukada Tabiat Parki
Aya Yorgi Church ©
Aya Yorgi Church

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