20 days in Turkey Itinerary

20 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly to Istanbul Airport, Drive to Edirne
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Edirne
— 1 night
Drive
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Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 4 nights
Drive to Adnan Menderes International Airport, Fly to Sukkur

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Edirne

— 1 night
Edirne is a city in the northwestern Turkish province of Edirne in the region of East Thrace, close to Turkey's borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eski Cami, admire the striking features of Selimiye Mosque, browse the range of quality goods at Renk Mis Sabun, then see the interesting displays at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum, and finally take in the views from Meric River Bridge.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Edirne sightseeing site.

Sukkur, Pakistan to Edirne is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Standard Time (PKT) to Turkey Time (TRT) is minus 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Istanbul.

Things to do in Edirne

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Istanbul

— 6 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 Sultan Ahmed Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Edirne to Istanbul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Istanbul are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to fly 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Goreme: Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, get outside with Outdoor Activities, browse the exhibits of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Zemi Valley.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Goreme trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in June, Goreme is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to fly to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Pamukkale

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Kaklik Cave, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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You can fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Selcuk

— 4 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, make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, steep yourself in history at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Selcuk sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.