12 days in Turkey & Saudi Arabia Itinerary

12 days in Turkey & Saudi Arabia Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey & Saudi Arabia Itinerary

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


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2
nights
Selcuk, Turkey

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 2nd (Fri): look for gifts at Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, and finally explore the ancient world of Curetes Street.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Selcuk trip planner .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Selcuk is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Traveling from Riyadh in August, expect nights in Selcuk to be colder, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 41°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

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

2
nights
Pamukkale, Turkey

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.
On the 5th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Pamukkale Balloons and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

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Balloon Rides
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis

2
nights
Goreme, Turkey

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 7th (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then stop by Turquoise Rugs & Bags. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

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Side Trip

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

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 historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take a stroll through Ortakoy, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online trip builder .

Getting from Goreme to Istanbul by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in August, expect nights in Istanbul to be a bit warmer, around 25°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Medina.

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
nights
Medina, Saudi Arabia

Medina ©
Most tourism in Medina, the second-holiest city in Islam, comes from pilgrims who visit as part of the Hajj, an annual traditional journey that ends in Mecca.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Koran Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Masjid an Nabawi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Al Ghamamah, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Quba, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Al Qiblatayn. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Abu Bakar Masjed, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Jannatul Baqi, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Uhud.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Medina trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Medina takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in August, plan for warmer days in Medina, with highs around 51°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medina

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Al Masjid an Nabawi ©
Al Masjid an Nabawi
Masjid Quba ©
Masjid Quba
Masjid Al Qiblatayn ©
Masjid Al Qiblatayn

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