8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive
3
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Fly
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 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.
Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. The adventure continues: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Goreme trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Cairo, Egypt to Goreme is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Goreme is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairo in August; daily highs in Goreme reach 38°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Selcuk.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:

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 3rd (Fri): explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus and then contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Selcuk trip builder.

You can fly from Goreme to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Selcuk. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:

Pamukkale

— 1 night

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 4th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale road trip planning website.

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:

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 historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner.

You can fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Istanbul sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:

Turkey travel guide

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Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.