24 days in Turkey Itinerary

24 days in Turkey Itinerary

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24 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Nottingham
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Selcuk
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pamukkale
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Goreme
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Istanbul
— 8 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  6​h 45​min
End: Nottingham

6
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.
Get some historical perspective at Ancient City of Ephesus and Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). Get some cultural insight at Bibliotheque de Celsus and Curetes Street. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, steep yourself in history at Public Latrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Basilica of Saint John, and make a trip to Arcadian Way.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk online trip planner .

Nottingham, UK to Selcuk is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 3 hour difference. When traveling from Nottingham in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Selcuk, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

4
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.
Hierapolis and Anatolia Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and Byzantine Church. Step out of Pamukkale with an excursion to Aphrodisias in Geyre--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, learn about winemaking at Pamukkale Winery, and Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip planner .

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Denizli, Aphrodisias
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Goreme National Park and Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gore Harabeleri and Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley). Explore Goreme's surroundings by going to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri (in Derinkuyu), Keslik Monastery (in Urgup) and Guzelyurt (Ihlara Valley & Guzelyurt Valley Monastery). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and do a tasting at Kocabag Winery.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Goreme trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Goreme sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar, Guzelyurt, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Gore Harabeleri
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Gore Harabeleri ©
Gore Harabeleri
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. Visit Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Sultanahmet District for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), contemplate the long history of Rumeli Fortress, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

Plan trip to Istanbul with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Goreme to Istanbul by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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