12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  10 h
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Gallipoli
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Canakkale
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
4
Kusadasi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  8 h
6
Goreme
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h
7
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Cape Town

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and finally make a trip to Hippodrome.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Cape Town in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

few
hours
Gallipoli

Gallipoli ©
The Gallipoli peninsula is located in the southern part of East Thrace, the European part of Turkey, with the Aegean Sea to the west and the Dardanelles strait to the east.Gallipoli is the Italian form of the Greek name "Καλλίπολις" (Kallípolis), meaning "Beautiful City", the original name of the modern town of Gelibolu. Gallipoli Battlefield has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the history at Gallipoli Battlefield and then contemplate the long history of Anzac Cove.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Gallipoli day trip planning app.

Drive from Istanbul to Gallipoli in 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in September: highs in Gallipoli hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Canakkale.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gallipoli Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Anzac Cove ©
Anzac Cove

1
night
Canakkale

Canakkale ©
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
Troy (Truva) has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the history at Troy (Truva).

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Canakkale online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Gallipoli to Canakkale takes 1.5 hours. September in Canakkale sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Tue) before leaving for Kusadasi.

Things to do in Canakkale

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Troy (Truva) ©
Troy (Truva)

2
nights
Kusadasi

Kusadasi
Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Temple of Artemis as well as Ephesus Terrace Houses.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kusadasi online travel planner.

Drive from Canakkale to Kusadasi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Selcuk
Highlights from your plan
Ephesus Terrace Houses
Ephesus Terrace Houses
The Temple of Artemis ©
The Temple of Artemis

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.
On the 24th (Thu), take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kusadasi to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kusadasi to Pamukkale. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kaymakli Underground City as well as Fairy Chimneys.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Goreme sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Goreme sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trip

Kaymakli Underground City
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Goreme Open-Air Museum ©
Goreme Open-Air Museum
Kaymakli Underground City ©
Kaymakli Underground City

2
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Istanbul online trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Goreme in September, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami
Chora Museum ©
Chora Museum

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