8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
2
Kusadasi
— 1 night
3
Pamukkale
— 1 night
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
5
Ankara
— 1 night

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum, then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and finally hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Istanbul online trip itinerary builder.

Lahore, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lahore to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Lahore in September, plan for much colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 26°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

1
night
Kusadasi

Kusadasi ©
Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus and then cool off at Adaland.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kusadasi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Kusadasi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Kusadasi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kusadasi, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 24°C. You will leave for Pamukkale on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Kusadasi

Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Ancient City of Ephesus
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Adaland ©
Adaland

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Laodikeia and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale attractions planner.

You can drive from Kusadasi to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Kusadasi to Pamukkale, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Denizli
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Laodikeia
Laodikeia

2
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

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 6th (Sun), do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

Make your Goreme itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Fly from Pamukkale to Goreme in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Goreme are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Uchisar
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Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

1
night
Ankara

Ankara ©
Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, then get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, and then admire the striking features of Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii).

To find ratings and other tourist information, use the Ankara tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Goreme to Ankara by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Goreme in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Ankara, with highs around 22°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites
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Anitkabir ©
Anitkabir
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi
Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii) ©
Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii)

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