11 days in Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Bolu
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive

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Selcuk

— 1 night
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 20th (Sun), stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk trip tool.

Gaziantep to Selcuk is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): Head underground at Kaklik Cave, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Istanbul

— 3 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planner.

Fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Bolu.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Bolu

— 2 nights
Bolu is a city in Turkey, and administrative center of the Bolu Province. On the 27th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Karagol Tabiat Parki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Aladag Goleti Ve Milli ParkI, then relax and float downstream with Duzce Rafting, and then stroll around Güzeldere Şelalesi Tabiat Anıtı.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bolu travel planner.

Drive from Istanbul to Bolu in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Bolu

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
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 29th (Tue), appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then see Off-Road Tours. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Goreme Open-Air Museum, then explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Zemi Valley.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Goreme travel route builder tool.

You can drive from Bolu to Goreme in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September in Goreme, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · 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.