16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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

— 3 nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Cami Kebir (Ulu Cami) in Kayseri (about 1h 5 min away). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park, contemplate the long history of Goreme Open-Air Museum, see Off-Road Tours, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Goreme trip itinerary builder site.

Cape Town, South Africa to Goreme is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Goreme due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in September: highs in Goreme hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Selcuk.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Selcuk

— 3 nights
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, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, steep yourself in history at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, and see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk vacation planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Selcuk in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Selcuk when traveling from Goreme in September, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums

Pamukkale

— 2 nights

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 25th (Sat), Head underground at Kaklik Cave, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery and then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Adventure

Istanbul

— 7 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Istanbul are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

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Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.