11 days in Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Turkey Itinerary

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11 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  5 h
1
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: London

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultanahmet District. Museum-lovers will get to explore Topkapi Palace and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , get engrossed in the history at Rumeli Fortress, and steep yourself in history at Galata Tower.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul travel planner .

London, UK to Istanbul is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from London to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Pamukkale road trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Ancient City of Ephesus and Bibliotheque de Celsus. Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu and Ephesus Terrace Houses will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), stop by Celsus Ceramic, delve into the distant past at Fountain of Pollio, and stroll through Pamucak Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Selcuk sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

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

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