16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Geneva
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Geneva

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: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, steep yourself in history at Public Latrine, and examine the collection at Ephesus Museum.

To find where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip maker .

Geneva, Switzerland to Selcuk is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Geneva in June, expect Selcuk to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
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, Head underground at Kaklik Cave, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and steep yourself in history at Hierapolis.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale planner .

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can 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
Parasailing & Paragliding

4
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

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 Goreme to go to Derinkuyu and see Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, see Off-Road Tours, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Goreme, use our trip itinerary maker.

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. In June, daytime highs in Goreme are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Alaturca Taner, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Guray Museum, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Istanbul. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel 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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