12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 4 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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3
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Selcuk
— 2 nights
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Istanbul — 4 nights

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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary planning tool.

Miami, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Miami in September, with highs in Istanbul at 72°F and lows at 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Goreme.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping
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Goreme, Cappadocia — 3 nights

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.
Butterfly Balloons has been added to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, and get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Goreme day trip site.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in September, expect nights in Goreme to be little chillier, around 53°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Pamukkale.
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Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
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Pamukkale — 2 nights

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 3rd (Mon): explore the ancient world of Hierapolis and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): Head underground at Kaklik Cave, then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Selcuk.
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Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
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Selcuk — 2 nights

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 5th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Selcuk sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 54°F at night. You will leave for home on the 6th (Thu).
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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.
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