21 days in Turkey Itinerary

21 days in Turkey Itinerary

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

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Goreme: Kaymakli Underground City (in Derinkuyu) and Gomeda Vadisi (in Mustafapasa). The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, explore the striking landscape at Love Valley, and step into the grandiose world of Uchisar Castle.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Goreme driving holiday planning site.

Ankara to Goreme is an approximately 4.5-hour bus ride. You can also drive. While traveling from Ankara, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uchisar, Urgup, Ortahisar Kalesi, Kaymakli Underground City, Peri Bacalari
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle

2
nights
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 23rd (Sat), stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, thenexplore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On your second day here, Head underground at Kaklik Cave and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see maps and tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip maker website.

You can fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, examine the collection at Turkish Bath Museum, look for gifts at Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, and stop by Lilys Authentic Art carpets and textiles shop.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk route maker website.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Selcuk sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
Temple of Hadrian
Temple of Hadrian

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Selcuk to Istanbul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Selcuk in May, you will find days in Istanbul are little chillier (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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