21 days in Turkey Itinerary

21 days in Turkey Itinerary

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21 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
1
Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Selcuk
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h
4
Guzelyurt
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Urgup
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h
End: Istanbul

6
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves asĀ a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Istanbul. In September in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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 formedĀ calcite bathing pools.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): Head underground at Kaklik Cave, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the next day, head outdoors with Pamukkale Balloons, delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, then contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale online holiday builder .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Laodikeia
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

5
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, make a trip to Arcadian Way, make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, and contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

3
nights
Guzelyurt

Guzelyurt ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Guzelyurt: Nigde (Alaeddin Camii & Kayaardi Baglari) and Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, St.Theodore Church, & more).

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Guzelyurt online day trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Selcuk to Guzelyurt. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Urgup.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Derinkuyu, Nigde
Highlights from your plan
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Selime Monastery ©
Selime Monastery
Ihlara Valley ©
Ihlara Valley

4
nights
Urgup

Urgup ©
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Go for a jaunt from Urgup to Gore to see Gore Harabeleri about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park, take in breathtaking views at Peri Bacalari, and take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Urgup trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Guzelyurt to Urgup by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goreme, Uchisar, Peri Bacalari, Gore Harabeleri
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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