30 days in Turkey Itinerary

30 days in Turkey Itinerary

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30 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly:  10 h
1
Istanbul
— 12 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Goreme
— 7 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 30 min
3
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Selcuk
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h
End: Karachi

12
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Suleymaniye Cami . Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, and take in panoramic vistas at KIz Kulesi.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip builder app .

Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Karachi to Istanbul. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Karachi in April, with highs in Istanbul at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Goreme: Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri (in Derinkuyu) and Guzelyurt (Selime Monastery & Guzelyurt Valley Monastery). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and do sightseeing your way with Private Tours.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Goreme trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in April, plan for little chillier nights in Goreme, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar, Guzelyurt, Bezirhane Pottery, Ortahisar Abdioglu Camii
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Off-Road Tours

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.
Pamukkale is known for nature, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Pamukkale trip planner.

Getting from Goreme to Pamukkale by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

7
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: explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, stop by Celsus Ceramic, and stop by Lilys Authentic Art carpets and textiles shop.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk visit planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Selcuk can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA ©
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus

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