22 days in Turkey Itinerary

22 days in Turkey Itinerary

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22 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Selcuk
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Goreme
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h
4
Istanbul
— 7 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: Calgary

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: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, make a trip to Curetes Street, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Mermerli Yol.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Selcuk trip itinerary planner .

Calgary, Canada to Selcuk is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Calgary to Selcuk due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Calgary in October, with highs in Selcuk at 28°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

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
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.
Explore Pamukkale's surroundings by going to Aphrodisias (in Geyre) and Tripolis Antik Kenti (in Denizli). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip builder .

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Denizli, Aphrodisias
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

5
nights
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.
Step out of Goreme with an excursion to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, look for gifts at Alaturca Taner, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki, and head off-road at local off-road trails.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Goreme trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Goreme sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Istanbul sightseeing planner .

Fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Goreme in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 28°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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