19 days in Turkey Itinerary

19 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Istanbul
1
Istanbul
— 7 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Goreme
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 30 min
3
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  3 h 45 min
End: Istanbul

7
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
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 museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Istanbul trip maker.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Istanbul. In May, daytime highs in Istanbul are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

6
nights
Goreme

Goreme ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Goreme: Gomeda Vadisi (in Mustafapasa) and Derinkuyu (Kaymakli Underground City & Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri). There's much more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zemi Valley, see Off-Road Tours, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in May, Goreme is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Avanos, Ortahisar, Uchisar, Derinkuyu, Gomeda Vadisi
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Gomeda Vadisi ©
Gomeda Vadisi

2
nights
Pamukkale

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 5th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale day trip tool.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Balloon Rides
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis

3
nights
Selcuk

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of Temple of Domitian, stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, and admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Selcuk day trip planning app.

Getting from Pamukkale to Selcuk by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Trajan's Fountain ©
Trajan's Fountain
Temple of Hadrian
Temple of Hadrian

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