11 days in Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Turkey Itinerary

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11 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Lahore
Fly + Drive:  17 h
1
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Antalya
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Urgup
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Lahore

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 16th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, steep yourself in history at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then enjoy the sand and surf at Pamucak Beach, and finally stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Selcuk trip planner .

Lahore, Pakistan to Selcuk is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Lahore to Selcuk is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Lahore in October, things will get slightly colder in Selcuk: highs are around 28°C and lows about 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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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

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale online vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

1
night
Antalya

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
On the 19th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Duden Waterfalls, kick back and relax at Mermerli Beach, and then take a stroll through Kaleici.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Antalya trip maker app .

You can drive from Pamukkale to Antalya in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Antalya can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
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Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Lower Duden Waterfalls ©
Lower Duden Waterfalls

1
night
Urgup

A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then look for gifts at Turquoise Rugs & Bags.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Urgup travel route tool .

You can fly from Antalya to Urgup in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antalya in October, expect Urgup to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Urgup

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Goreme
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

5
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.
Do your shopping at Kapali Carsi and Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi. Get some cultural insight at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take a stroll through Ortakoy, explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and kick back and relax at Kisirkaya Beach.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul road trip planning site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Urgup to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Urgup in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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