11 days in Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Turkey Itinerary

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11 days in Turkey Itinerary

Alexandria
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + train:  6​h
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Pamukkale
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
Alexandria

2
days
Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
On the 20th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Center and then get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley). On your second day here, stop by Alaturca Carpet, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Goreme trip itinerary planning tool .

Alexandria, Egypt to Goreme is an approximately 6-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Alexandria in August, Goreme is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Goreme

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Alaturca Carpet, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally explore the ancient world of The Terrace Houses.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Goreme to Selcuk by combination of taxi, flight, and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Goreme in August since evenings lows in Selcuk dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

#Historic Sites, #Theme Parks, #Museums
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
The Terrace Houses ©
The Terrace Houses

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Hierapolis & Pamukkale and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip planner .

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis & Pamukkale ©
Hierapolis & Pamukkale

4
days
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 historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul visit planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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