13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly
4
Urgup, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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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.
On the 30th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Baths of Varius, then pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally explore the ancient world of Public Latrine. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Camlik Locomotive Museum, then examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, then get a dose of the wild on Troy Tours, and finally stop by La Tulip Art Gallery.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Selcuk road trip tool.

Chennai, India to Selcuk is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai to Selcuk is minus 2.5 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Chennai in March; daily highs in Selcuk reach 19°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Pamukkale

— 2 nights

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 1st (Thu): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Here are some ideas for day two: push the limits with an extreme tour, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then soar above the sights with Pamukkale Balloons.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale holiday planning app.

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Istanbul

— 5 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Istanbul travel planning app.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Urgup, Cappadocia

— 3 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, stroll through Goreme National Park, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Antikite Ottoman, then browse the exhibits of Goreme Open-Air Museum, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Urgup trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Istanbul to Urgup in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in April, Urgup is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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.