22 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 8 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
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Pamukkale
— 4 nights
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Selcuk
— 4 nights
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Istanbul — 8 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: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , wander the streets of Ortakoy, and take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner.

Tripoli, Libya to Istanbul is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Tripoli in December, expect nights in Istanbul to be a bit cooler, around 7°C, while days are colder, around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Goreme.
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Goreme, Cappadocia — 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Goreme to Derinkuyu to see Kaymakli Underground City about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Alaturca Taner, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and explore the striking landscape at Zemi Valley.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to fly to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale — 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Salda Kayak Merkezi in Burdur (about 1h 35 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and admire the masterpieces at Laodikeia Antik Kenti.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip planner.

Getting from Goreme to Pamukkale by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Selcuk.
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Selcuk — 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Magnesia Antik Kenti in Germencik (about 40 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of Hercules Gate, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and look for gifts at Sultan Jewellery & Fine Handmade Ceramic Art.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Selcuk are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel 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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