8 days in Baku & Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Baku & Turkey Itinerary

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8 days in Baku & Turkey Itinerary

Start: Lahore, Pakistan
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
2
Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Lahore, Pakistan

2
nights
Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku
A truly contemporary city criss-crossed by history, Baku offers everything from the modern elegance of the Flame Towers to the medieval UNESCO-listed Old City at its core.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at Baku Boulevard, steep yourself in history at Baku Old City, and then examine the collection at Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Martyrs' Lane, get a new perspective on nature at Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, then make a trip to Flame Towers, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Maiden Tower.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Baku travel route planner .

Lahore, Pakistan to Baku is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pakistan Time to Azerbaijan Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Lahore in November: highs in Baku hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Baku

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Gobustan State Reserve
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Baku Old City
Baku Old City
Gobustan State Reserve ©
Gobustan State Reserve
Heydar Aliyev Center
Heydar Aliyev Center

1
night
Selcuk, Turkey

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 23rd (Sat): stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Selcuk visit planner .

You can fly from Baku to Selcuk in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Baku to Selcuk due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Baku, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Selcuk, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping
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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, Turkey

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 formedĀ calcite bathing pools.
On the 24th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale online road trip planner .

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves asĀ a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): make a trip to Hippodrome (At Meydani), admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rustem Pasha Mosque.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary app .

Getting from Pamukkale to Istanbul by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In November in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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