13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

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13 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

3
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Goreme National Park and Balloon Rides. You'll explore and learn at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme and Naile Art Gallery. Take a break from Goreme with a short trip to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, step into the grandiose world of Uchisar Castle, stop by Alaturca Taner, and see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Goreme trip planning website .

New Delhi, India to Goreme is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 2 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in March; daily highs in Goreme reach 16°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Uchisar, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

2
nights
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 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pamukkale trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Parasailing & Paragliding

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.
On the 25th (Wed), look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, delve into the distant past at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and then explore the ancient world of The Basilica of Saint John.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Selcuk trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Selcuk sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Suleymaniye Cami are in your itinerary. Shop till you drop at Kapali Carsi and Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, take a leisurely stroll along Silivri Sahili, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Selcuk in March, you will find days in Istanbul are slightly colder (14°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (14°C). On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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