11 days in Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey sightseeing planner

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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
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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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

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Algiers, Algeria to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Algiers to Istanbul is 2 hours. When traveling from Algiers in October, plan for slightly colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 28°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 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.
Spend the 8th (Fri) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, step into the grandiose world of Uchisar Castle, see Off-Road Tours, and take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Goreme trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in October, expect nights in Goreme to be colder, around 6°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:

Pamukkale

— 2 nights

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.
On the 11th (Mon), explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery and then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Pamukkale vacation maker site.

Getting from Goreme to Pamukkale by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

Selcuk

— 2 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
On the 13th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Public Latrine and then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk online trip maker.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Selcuk sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites
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Turkey travel guide

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Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.