17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Istanbul
— 6 nights
2
Selcuk
— 3 nights
3
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
4
Goreme, 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, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul tour planner.

Sydney, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Sydney to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Sydney in September, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, don't miss a visit to Curetes Street, and examine the collection at Ephesus Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip builder site.

Fly from Istanbul to Selcuk in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Selcuk: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · 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

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
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: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, stop by Alaturca Taner, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, and see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Goreme takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Goreme sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Uchisar, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

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