8 days in Turkey & India Itinerary

8 days in Turkey & India Itinerary

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8 days in Turkey & India Itinerary

Start: Amritsar, India
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
3
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Antalya, Turkey
— 1 night
+2
Fly + subway + train:  11​h 45​min
5
Agra, India
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Jaipur, India
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Amritsar, India

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

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.
On the 7th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Hagia Triada Church. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, browse the exhibits of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner .

Amritsar, India to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amritsar to Istanbul is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Amritsar in June, plan for cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around 30°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

1
night
Goreme, Turkey

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.
On the 10th (Mon), explore by horseback at Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Goreme online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in June, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Goreme. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
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Balloon Rides
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center ©
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center

1
day
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 formed calcite bathing pools.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Road to Pamukkale, then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis & Pamukkale.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale driving holiday tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

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

1
night
Antalya, Turkey

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take a stroll through Kaleici.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Antalya itinerary planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Antalya by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Agra.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods
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Kaleici ©
Kaleici

1
day
Agra, India

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, then admire the striking features of Jahangir Mahal, and then admire the striking features of Taj Mahal.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Agra route planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Antalya to Agra in 12 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Antalya to Agra due to the time zone difference. In June, Agra is somewhat warmer than Antalya - with highs of 46°C and lows of 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Jahangir Mahal ©
Jahangir Mahal

1
night
Jaipur, India

Jaipur ©
Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, then browse the exhibits of City Palace of Jaipur, and then step into the grandiose world of Amber Palace.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Jaipur online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Agra to Jaipur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 47°C in June, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jaipur

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of Jaipur

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