16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
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Istanbul
— 7 nights

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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 with an excursion to Gomeda Vadisi in Mustafapasa--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, Head underground at Uchisar Castle, see Off-Road Tours, and take in the dramatic natural features at Love Valley.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme road trip app.

Antakya to Goreme is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. In May, Goreme is slightly colder than Antakya - with highs of 27°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

2
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Pamukkale

Cotton Castle

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 28th (Thu), explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): Head underground at Kaklik Cave and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Pamukkale vacation planner.

Getting from Goreme to Pamukkale by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis

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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 30th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Memmius Monument, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, and finally look for gifts at Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop. On your second day here, make a trip to Byzantine acquaducts, then delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate, then steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Selcuk route site.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Selcuk can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
Temple of Hadrian
Temple of Hadrian

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Istanbul

Istanbul ©

Queen of Cities

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 historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and steep yourself in history at Galata Tower.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Istanbul tour itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Selcuk to Istanbul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Selcuk in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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