15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Istanbul — 6 nights

Queen of Cities

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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul journey planning site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in December; daily highs in Istanbul reach 7°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale — 2 nights

Cotton Castle

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 16th (Fri): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then stop by Dogan Onyx factory. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale online attractions planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.
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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 18th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of Hercules Gate, and then admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Temple of Hadrian, then contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and then see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Selcuk tour builder website.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly to Goreme.
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Goreme, Cappadocia — 4 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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of TokalI Church, indulge in some personalized pampering at Camur Magarasi Katpatuka, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Goreme trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Selcuk in December, things will get slightly colder in Goreme: highs are around 6°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.
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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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