15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Silivri Sahili and Bentler Tabiat Parki. Do your shopping at Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Street. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, wander the streets of Taksim Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner.

Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Karachi to Istanbul. Traveling from Karachi in February, expect nights in Istanbul to be little chillier, around 11°C, while days are cooler, around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Wildlife Neighborhoods Museums
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Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy
Kapali Carsi ©
Kapali Carsi
Taksim Square ©
Taksim Square

4
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.
Get outdoors at Goreme National Park and Off-Road Tours. Go for a jaunt from Goreme to Mustafapasa to see Gomeda Vadisi about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, and don't miss a visit to Zemi Valley.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme route builder.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Goreme, with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar, Ortahisar Abdioglu Camii
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Off-Road Tours

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 26th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On your second day here, get outside with Outdoor Activities, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip builder.

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 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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 28th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, enjoy the sand and surf at Pamucak Beach, and then stop by Sultan Carpet and Kilim.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk day trip site .

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Selcuk are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Beaches Outdoors Historic Sites
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Pamucak Beach ©
Pamucak Beach
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus

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