17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey holiday builder

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Selcuk
— 3 nights
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
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Istanbul
— 5 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
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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 plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isa Bey Mosque, steep yourself in history at Public Latrine, and examine the collection at Ephesus Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Selcuk driving holiday planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Selcuk is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March, Selcuk is little chillier than Johannesburg - with highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Pamukkale

— 3 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.
Pamukkale is known for nature, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, learn about winemaking at Pamukkale Winery, and get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi.

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Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Istanbul

— 5 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and contemplate the long history of Galata Tower.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul road trip app.

Getting from Pamukkale to Istanbul by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 5 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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, appreciate the views at Red Valley, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Goreme trip planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Goreme. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · History Museums · 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.