41 days in Turkey Itinerary

41 days in Turkey Itinerary

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41 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + Taxi:  9 h 30 min
1
Pamukkale
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Selcuk
— 9 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Istanbul
— 13 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
4
Goreme
— 10 nights
Fly:  10 h
End: Dubai

7
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.
Kids will enjoy Ulubey Canyon and Lake Salda. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pamukkale: Aphrodisias (in Geyre), Sardis (Sardes) (in Salihli) and Denizli (Yesildere Selalesi & Tripolis Antik Kenti). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Pamukkale day trip planning tool .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Pamukkale is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Pamukkale. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Denizli, Aphrodisias, Sardis (Sardes), Ulubey Canyon, Lake Salda
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Lake Salda ©
Lake Salda
Ulubey Canyon ©
Ulubey Canyon

9
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.
Take a break from Selcuk with a short trip to Magnesia Antik Kenti in Germencik, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, look for gifts at Sultan Carpet and Kilim, and pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

For where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip site .

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Selcuk are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Magnesia Antik Kenti, Sirince Koyu
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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

13
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.
Family-friendly places like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Dolmabahce Palace will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, stop by Ortakoy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District.

To find reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Selcuk in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to 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

10
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Goreme: Guzelyurt (Selime Monastery, Ihlara Valley, &more) and Derinkuyu (Kaymakli Underground City, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, &more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, see Off-Road Tours, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Istanbul in April since evenings lows in Goreme dip to 5°C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urgup, Avanos, Uchisar, Guzelyurt, Derinkuyu
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Off-Road Tours

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