14 days in Turkey Itinerary

14 days in Turkey Itinerary

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14 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly + Train:  3 h 45 min
2
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Goreme
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg

6
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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and visit Ortakoy.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip builder tool.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Istanbul is 1 hour. When traveling from Johannesburg in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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 21st (Fri): delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, ponder the design of Trajan's Fountain, then delve into the distant past at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of Hadrian. Keep things going the next day: cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, then make a trip to Byzantine acquaducts, then stop by Lilys Authentic Art carpets and textiles shop, and finally stop by La Tulip Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Selcuk in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Selcuk: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA ©
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then walk around Bagbasi Mesire Yeri, and then Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Pamukkale trip planner.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Bagbasi Mesire Yeri
Highlights from your plan
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
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 25th (Tue): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then contemplate the long history of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Guray Museum. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, then explore the historical opulence of Uchisar Castle, and finally stop by Alaturca Taner.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme travel route website.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in Goreme sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Uchisar, Guray Museum
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Off-Road Tours

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