13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

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13 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly:  10 h
1
Istanbul
— 8 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Goreme
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 30 min
3
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h
End: Karachi

8
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Buyukcekmece Sahili and Burc Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Dalia Beach and Selimpasa Sahili. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, visit Ortakoy, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary website.

Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Time (PKT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Karachi in October, you will find days in Istanbul are colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and then stop by Turquoise Rugs & Bags.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Goreme trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in October, plan for little chillier days in Goreme, with highs around 24°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale route builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Pamucak Beach, then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally explore the ancient world of Heracles Gate.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk trip builder tool.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Heracles Gate ©
Heracles Gate
Pamucak Beach ©
Pamucak Beach

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