7 days in Turkey Itinerary

7 days in Turkey Itinerary

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7 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Goreme
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Selcuk
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Istanbul

2
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 museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary builder app .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Istanbul. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the world behind art at Naile Art Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Goreme National Park, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, explore the galleries of Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, don't miss a visit to Karanlik Kilise, then Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and finally look for gifts at Alaturca Taner.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip itinerary planning app .

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. Traveling from Istanbul in December, Goreme is slightly colder at night with lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uchisar, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and finally look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery.

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You can fly from Goreme to Selcuk in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, Selcuk is somewhat warmer than Goreme - with highs of 15°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

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