20 days in Turkey Itinerary

20 days in Turkey Itinerary

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20 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Florence
+3
train + shuttle + Fly + taxi:  8​h 45​min
1
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Selcuk
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
3
Guzelyurt, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Istanbul
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + train:  6​h 30​min
End: Florence

3
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.
When in Pamukkale, make a side trip to see Aphrodisias in Geyre, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, admire the sheer force of Guney Selalesi, Head underground at Kaklik Cave, and explore the ancient world of Laodikeia.

To find ratings and tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip planner.

Florence, Italy to Pamukkale is an approximately 9-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Denizli, Aphrodisias
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Parasailing & Paragliding

4
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, shopping, theme parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), examine the collection at Maket Koy, and stop by Celsus Ceramic.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Guzelyurt.

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

3
nights
Guzelyurt, Cappadocia

Guzelyurt ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Guzelyurt: Nigde (Rahmaniye Camii & Alaeddin Camii).

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Guzelyurt trip itinerary builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Selcuk to Guzelyurt. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Goreme.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Nigde
Highlights from your plan
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery ©
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery
Selime Monastery ©
Selime Monastery
Ihlara Valley ©
Ihlara Valley

4
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.
When in Goreme, make a side trip to see Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu, approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, get engrossed in the history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, stroll through Goreme National Park, and admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi.

You can plan Goreme trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Guzelyurt to Goreme by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March in Goreme, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

5
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 museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Goreme in April, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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