8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey route planner

Make it your trip
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
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Selcuk
— 1 night
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cookistan Istanbul Cooking Classes. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul travel planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Istanbul is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 3 hours. Traveling from Dublin in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Istanbul: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Classes · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:

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.
On the 1st (Tue), appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, then look for gifts at Arts & Crafts Cappadocia, and finally see Off-Road Tours. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme travel tool.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in May, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:

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 3rd (Thu): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Adventure
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 3:

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 4th (Fri): stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Hadrian, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip planner.

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 4:

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.