8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Goreme, Cappadocia — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum. On your second day here, stop by Chez Hakan - The Pottery Shop, then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Goreme online holiday planner.

Izmir to Goreme is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Izmir in August: highs in Goreme hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Istanbul.
Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Nature
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Istanbul — 3 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, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and contemplate the long history of Galata Tower.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Istanbul attractions planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in August, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can fly to Pamukkale.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Baths
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Hierapolis and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Keep things going the next day: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale day trip website.

Getting from Istanbul to Pamukkale by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Selcuk.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Selcuk — 1 night

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 14th (Mon): examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car back home.
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Turkey travel guide

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.