14 days in Turkey Itinerary

14 days in Turkey Itinerary

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14 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Goreme
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Riyadh

4
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, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul holiday maker website .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Riyadh in May, things will get colder in Istanbul: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, theme parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis, make a trip to Curetes Street, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Selcuk road trip planning site .

You can fly from Istanbul to Selcuk in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in May: highs in Selcuk hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

3
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.
Pamukkale is known for nature, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, and contemplate the long history of Hierapolis.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Laodikeia
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Balloon Rides

3
nights
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.
When in Goreme, make a side trip to see Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu, approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, see Off-Road Tours, steep yourself in history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, and browse the handmade items at Naile Art Gallery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Goreme holiday planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uchisar, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

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