19 days in Turkey Itinerary

19 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Selcuk
— 3 nights
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
3
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
4
Istanbul
— 9 nights

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.
Attractions like Ancient City of Ephesus and Ephesus Terrace Houses make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, don't miss a visit to Curetes Street, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, and stop by La Tulip Art Gallery.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk trip itinerary builder site.

Istanbul to Selcuk is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Selcuk, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA ©
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus

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.
On the 15th (Wed), stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale day trip app.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

4
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

Goreme ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Goreme side-trips: Gomeda Vadisi (in Mustafapasa) and Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City). And it doesn't end there: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, expand your horizons at Naile Art Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Goreme vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Pamukkale to Goreme in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar, Derinkuyu, Bezirhane Pottery
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Off-Road Tours

9
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum and Basilica Cistern. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul day trip website.

You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Goreme in July, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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