18 days in Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Selcuk
— 3 nights
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
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Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
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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, look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk holiday planning app.

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. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in March: high temperatures in Selcuk hover around 19°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

3
nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Pamukkale to Denizli to see Tripolis Antik Kenti about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Head underground at Kaklik Cave, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale tour itinerary tool.

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

6
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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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, and stop by Ortakoy.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul vacation planner.

You can fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

5
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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, relax and rejuvenate at Camur Magarasi Katpatuka, and Head underground at Uchisar Castle.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Goreme route maker site.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in April, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.