12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  7 h
1
Istanbul
— 7 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
2
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Palamutbuku
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
4
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h
End: New Delhi

7
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.
Relax by the water at Silivri Sahili and Kisirkaya Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kapali Carsi and Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and stop by Ortakoy.

Plan trip to Istanbul with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

New Delhi, India to Istanbul is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to Istanbul, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in May; daily highs in Istanbul reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Kapali Carsi ©
Kapali Carsi
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, then take a stroll through Karahayit, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale day trip planning website.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Palamutbuku.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Karahayit
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Karahayit ©
Karahayit

1
night
Palamutbuku

Palamutbuku ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): stroll through Akvaryum PlajI and then stroll through Palamutbükü Plajı.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Palamutbuku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Palamutbuku takes 4.5 hours. May in Palamutbuku sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Palamutbuku

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Palamutbükü Plajı ©
Palamutbükü Plajı

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then wander the streets of Sirince Koyu, then stroll through Pamucak Beach, and finally stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip planning app.

You can drive from Palamutbuku to Selcuk in 4 hours. Traveling from Palamutbuku in May, Selcuk is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Sirince Koyu
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Pamucak Beach ©
Pamucak Beach
Sirince Koyu ©
Sirince Koyu
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)

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