11 days in Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Turkey Itinerary

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11 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Juba
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pamukkale
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
5
Gumbet
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h
End: Juba

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, then admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul road trip website .

Juba, South Sudan to Istanbul is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Juba to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Goreme National Park and Selime Monastery. Explore hidden gems such as Royal Balloon and Özkonak Underground City. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Zelve Open Air Museum, see Off-Road Tours, steep yourself in history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, and look for gifts at Sultan Carpet.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in August: highs in Goreme hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nevsehir, Selime Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Zelve Open Air Museum ©
Zelve Open Air Museum
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, delve into the distant past at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate, then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, and finally stop by La Tulip Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and then examine the collection at Camlik Locomotive Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Selcuk online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Selcuk takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Selcuk when traveling from Goreme in August, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu
Ephesus Terrace Houses ©
Ephesus Terrace Houses

few
hours
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 8th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale road trip planning site .

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Gumbet.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi
Highlights from your plan
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi ©
Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi

2
nights
Gumbet

Gumbet ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Castle of St. Peter, get interesting insight from Tours, and then look for gifts at Ocean Jewellery. On your second day here, examine the collection at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology and then kick back and relax at Kumbahce Sahili.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Gumbet trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Gumbet takes 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Gumbet are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gumbet

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bodrum City
Highlights from your plan
Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter
Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology ©
Scuba & Snorkeling

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