20 days in Turkey Itinerary

20 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Start: Van
Drive:  13 h 30 min
1
Guzelyurt, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 7 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Istanbul
— 8 nights
Fly + Drive:  5 h 30 min
End: Van

2
nights
Guzelyurt, Cappadocia

Guzelyurt ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): appreciate the views at Ihlara Valley, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Selime Monastery, and then don't miss a visit to Yeraltı Şehri. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Guzelyurt Valley Monastery, thencontemplate the long history of Sivisli Church, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kilise Camii, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koc Church.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Guzelyurt online journey planner.

Van to Guzelyurt is an approximately 14-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Goreme.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery ©
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery
Selime Monastery ©
Selime Monastery
Ihlara Valley ©
Ihlara Valley

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Goreme: Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri (in Derinkuyu) and Gomeda Vadisi (in Mustafapasa). The adventure continues: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, stop by Alaturca Taner, steep yourself in history at Goreme National Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Damsa Baraji.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Goreme trip planner.

Traveling by car from Guzelyurt to Goreme takes 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Goreme are 12°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Devrent Valley, Peri Bacalari
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale visit planner.

Getting from Goreme to Pamukkale by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

8
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum, steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Istanbul sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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