21 days in Turkey Itinerary

21 days in Turkey Itinerary

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21 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly + Bus:  24 h
1
Istanbul
— 7 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
2
Goreme
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Antalya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Fethiye
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h
End: Karachi

7
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hodjapasha Cultural Center, Taksim Square, Kapali Carsi, and other attractions. Get some cultural insight at Galata Tower and Istiklal Street. There's more to do: shop like a local with Taksim Sanat Galerisi.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Istanbul journey maker site .

Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Karachi to Istanbul. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Karachi in April, with highs in Istanbul at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

1
night
Goreme

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes 2K - Daily Tours. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see 2K - Daily Tours.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme online vacation builder .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in May, with lows around 11°C. You'll set off for Antalya on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Goreme

Tours Outdoors

2
nights
Antalya

Antalya
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Antalya Aquarium, Hadrian's Gate, River Rafting & Tubing, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate, explore the ancient world of Perge Ancient City, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then stroll through Konyaalti Beach, and finally examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Antalya travel planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Antalya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Goreme in May since evenings lows in Antalya dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Fethiye.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Konyaalti Beach
Konyaalti Beach
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi
Hadrian's Gate
Hadrian's Gate

3
nights
Fethiye

Fethiye ©
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Calis Beach, Fethiye Museum (Muzesi), Kaunos Tours, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): kick back and relax at Calis Beach. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Fethiye Museum (Muzesi), enjoy the sand and surf at Kuleli Beach, then delve into the distant past at Ancient Rock Tombes, and finally see the top attractions with Kaunos Tours.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Fethiye trip builder .

You can drive from Antalya to Fethiye in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. On the 8th (Tue), you're off toPamukkale.

Things to do in Fethiye

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Kaunos Tours
Highlights from your plan
Oludeniz ©
Oludeniz
Ancient Rock Tombes ©
Ancient Rock Tombes
Fethiye Museum (Muzesi) ©
Fethiye Museum (Muzesi)

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Amphitheatre as well as Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Hierapolis & Pamukkale, take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then catch a live event at Amphitheatre.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Fethiye to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nightlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools

2
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.
You've added Temple of Hadrian, Heracles Gate, Grotto of the Seven Sleepers, and other attractions to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Ancient City of Ephesus and The Terrace Houses are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Celsus Kutuphanesi and The Temple of Artemis. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), take a stroll through Sirince Koyu, delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk trip tool .

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Selcuk sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 12th (Sat), you're off toGoreme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Sirince Koyu
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
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
You've now added Heybeliada Island to your itinerary. Visiting Silivri Sahili and Luxury Istanbul Day Tours will get you outdoors. See even more of Istanbul: examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum and soak in style at Turkish baths.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Selcuk to Istanbul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Selcuk in May, plan for little chillier days in Istanbul, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Heybeliada Island
Highlights from your plan
Silivri Sahili ©
Silivri Sahili
Rahmi M. Koc Museum ©
Rahmi M. Koc Museum
Turkish Baths

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