16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive:  15 min
2
Sirince
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Goreme
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
6
Izmir
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Mumbai

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Isa Bey Mosque, Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and Ancient City of Ephesus. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, then pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and then delve into the distant past at Isa Bey Mosque.

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Mumbai, India to Selcuk is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Mumbai to Selcuk, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mumbai in December, expect Selcuk to be colder, temps between 15°C and 3°C. You will leave for Sirince on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Isa Bey Mosque ©
Isa Bey Mosque

2
nights
Sirince

Sirince ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Magnesia Antik Kenti, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John The Baptist Church, and then take a stroll through Sirince Koyu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Kaplankaya Winery and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aziz Dimitros Kilisesi.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sirince trip planner.

Sirince is just a stone's throw from Selcuk. In December in Sirince, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Sirince

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trip

Magnesia Antik Kenti
Highlights from your plan
Magnesia Antik Kenti ©
Magnesia Antik Kenti
Sirince Koyu ©
Sirince Koyu
St. John The Baptist Church ©
St. John The Baptist Church

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Guney Selalesi, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and finally explore the ancient world of Hierapolis. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, explore the ancient world of Laodikeia, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Pamukkale route website .

Traveling by car from Sirince to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Denizli
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Naile Art Gallery- Cappadocia Ebru Art Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours, stop by Arts & Crafts Cappadocia, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and finally steep yourself in history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme.

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Getting from Pamukkale to Goreme by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naile Art Gallery, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cinili Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, and finally don't miss a visit to Hippodrome (At Meydani). Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul itinerary planner .

Getting from Goreme to Istanbul by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Goreme in December since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Izmir.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

3
nights
Izmir

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Basilica of St. Jonh has been added to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Arkas Art Center, don't miss a visit to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), wander the streets of Kemeralti Market, and stroll around Izmir Wild Life Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Izmir online travel route planner .

Getting from Istanbul to Izmir by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Izmir can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. On the 15th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Izmir Wild Life Park ©
Izmir Wild Life Park
Arkas Art Center ©
Arkas Art Center
Kordonboyu ©
Kordonboyu

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