7 days in Turkey Itinerary

7 days in Turkey Itinerary

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7 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Ankara
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pamukkale
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h
End: Ankara

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, then steep yourself in history at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and finally explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Selcuk travel itinerary planner .

Ankara to Selcuk is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ankara in August, expect nights in Selcuk to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 41°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
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 27th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale journey planner.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

4
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 inner history buff will appreciate Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultanahmet District. Museum-lovers will get to explore Topkapi Palace and Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. August in Istanbul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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