12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Islamabad
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h 45 min
2
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Dalyan
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Goreme
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Islamabad

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Shop till you drop at Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Street. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , wander the streets of Ortakoy, and steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul route planner.

Islamabad, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 9-hour flight. Traveling from Islamabad to Istanbul, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Islamabad in November: highs in Istanbul hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

1
night
Oludeniz

Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): push the limits with an extreme tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, and then stop by Soap Lady Oludeniz.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Oludeniz road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Istanbul to Oludeniz 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 November: highs in Oludeniz hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dalyan.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Soap Lady Oludeniz ©
Soap Lady Oludeniz

1
night
Dalyan

Dalyan ©
Although it once seemed destined to become a stereotypical coastal resort, Dalyan remains unspoiled by commercial tourism because of its location within an environmentally protected area.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Gallery Iz and then kick back and relax at Iztuzu Beach 2.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Dalyan trip planner .

You can drive from Oludeniz to Dalyan in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Dalyan are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Dalyan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2
Gallery Iz ©
Gallery Iz

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Tue), look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Selcuk planning app .

You can drive from Dalyan to Selcuk in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Dalyan in November, expect Selcuk to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping
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

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 27th (Wed), witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

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

3
nights
Goreme

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Naile Art Gallery- Cappadocia Ebru Art Center, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Arts & Crafts Cappadocia, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, then contemplate the long history of Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Gore Harabeleri.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Goreme sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Naile Art Gallery, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Gore Harabeleri
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Gore Harabeleri ©
Gore Harabeleri

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