12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 5 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Istanbul

Queen of Cities

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip website.

Doha, Qatar to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Doha in June: highs in Istanbul hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

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Pamukkale

Cotton Castle

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 25th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and then Head underground at Kaklik Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip builder.

You can fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors · Parks

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Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Take a break from Goreme with a short trip to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, see Off-Road Tours, appreciate the views at Peri Bacalari, and get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park.

Discover how to plan a Goreme trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Goreme takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.