6 days in Turkey Itinerary

6 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
3
Yalikavak
— 1 night
Drive
4
Selcuk
— 1 night
Fly

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Istanbul

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

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, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Mosque, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul sightseeing planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in August; daily highs in Istanbul reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Pamukkale

— 1 night

Cotton Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Hierapolis and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale day trip app.

Fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yalikavak.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Yalikavak

— 1 night
On the 8th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Barakuda Bodrum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mor Plaj.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yalikavak trip planner.

Drive from Pamukkale to Yalikavak in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Yalikavak

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

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Selcuk

— 1 night
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
On the 9th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk planner.

Drive from Yalikavak to Selcuk in 3 hours. Traveling from Yalikavak in August, Selcuk is a bit cooler at night with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Bodrum District travel guide

3.4
Nightlife · Beaches · Castles
St.-Tropez of Turkey
Elegant Bodrum is a district and port city, watched over by its 15th-century seaside castle and is home to the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Formerly a simple fishing village, the town flourished after writer Kabaağaçlı put the city on the map: exiled here in 1925, he adopted the pen name, "The Fisherman of Halicarnassus"--an allusion to the city's name in aniquity. Today this seaside vacation spot charms visitors with a glittering marina, flower-filled cafes, palm-lined promenades, and a host of seafood restaurants. The serene simplicity that caught Kabaağaçlı's eye has since attracted other artists, giving Bodrum a sophistication that sets it apart from other coastal towns.