12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Istanbul
— 7 nights
Fly
2
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
3
Palamutbuku
— 1 night
Drive
4
Selcuk
— 2 nights
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Istanbul

— 7 nights

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.
Head to Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Caddesifor some retail therapy. You'll get in some beach time at Silivri Sahili and Kisirkaya Beach. Spend the 25th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Taksim Square, slough off your stress at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Istanbul travel route planning tool.

New Delhi, India to Istanbul is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Turkey Time is minus 2.5 hours. Traveling from New Delhi in May, expect Istanbul to be colder, temps between 25°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Pamukkale

— 1 night

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.
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 see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Pamukkale trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Palamutbuku.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Palamutbuku

— 1 night
On the 30th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Akvaryum PlajI and then kick back and relax at Palamutbükü Plajı.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Palamutbuku trip maker tool.

Drive from Pamukkale to Palamutbuku in 4.5 hours. May in Palamutbuku sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Palamutbuku

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Selcuk

— 2 nights
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): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then wander the streets of Sirince Koyu, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pamucak Beach, and finally look for gifts at Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Selcuk day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Palamutbuku to Selcuk takes 4 hours. Traveling from Palamutbuku in May, Selcuk is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.