16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Istanbul
— 6 nights
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
3
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
4
Selcuk
— 2 nights
5
Urgup, Cappadocia
— 3 nights

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum, explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, take a stroll through Sultanahmet District, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner.

Chennai, India to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a -2.5 hour difference. When traveling from Chennai in September, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

2
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.
You've now added Goreme National Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and then learn and have fun at Naile Art Gallery. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), then get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Goreme travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Goreme, with highs around 33°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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 29th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Guney Selalesi, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, 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 different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, and then Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pamukkale trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Denizli
Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and finally stop by La Tulip Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Selcuk are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

3
nights
Urgup, Cappadocia

Urgup ©
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Urgup is known for nature, historic sites, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, admire the verdant scenery at Red Valley, and delve into the distant past at Mazi Yeralti Sehri.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Urgup road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Urgup takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Selcuk in October; daily highs in Urgup reach 24°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Valley
Highlights from your plan
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Balloon Rides
Red Valley ©
Red Valley

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