12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + taxi:  9​h 30​min
1
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
4
Urgup, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Dubai

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 formedĀ calcite bathing pools.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, then get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Pamukkale is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Pamukkale due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, theme parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, steep yourself in history at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), make a trip to Curetes Street, and make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip maker .

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

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

3
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves asĀ 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: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Selcuk, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
nights
Urgup, Cappadocia

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.
Urgup is known for nature, historic sites, classes, wineries, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, look for gifts at Le Bazaar D'Orient, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Urgup tour planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Urgup by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in September: highs in Urgup hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goreme, Peri Bacalari
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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