20 days in Turkey Itinerary

20 days in Turkey Itinerary

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20 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Van
Drive:  13 h 30 min
1
Guzelyurt
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Goreme
— 7 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 30 min
3
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Istanbul
— 8 nights
Fly + Drive:  5 h 30 min
End: Van

2
nights
Guzelyurt

Guzelyurt ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): appreciate the views at Ihlara Valley, then explore the fascinating underground world of Selime Monastery, and then make a trip to Yeraltı Şehri. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Guzelyurt Valley Monastery, then steep yourself in history at Sivisli Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kilise Camii, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koc Church.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Guzelyurt online day trip planner .

Van to Guzelyurt is an approximately 13.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Goreme.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Guzelyurt Valley Monastery ©
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery
Selime Monastery ©
Selime Monastery
Ihlara Valley ©
Ihlara Valley

7
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Goreme side-trips: Gomeda Vadisi (in Mustafapasa) and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri (in Derinkuyu). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, ride a horse along Lucky Horse Ranch, and head outdoors with Honey Valley, Goreme Turkey.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Goreme trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Guzelyurt to Goreme takes 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar, Avanos, Devrent Valley, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
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Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

2
nights
Pamukkale

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Keep things going the next day: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

8
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 an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , stop by Ortakoy, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul attractions tool .

Getting from Pamukkale to Istanbul by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

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