11 days in Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Turkey Itinerary

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11 days in Turkey Itinerary

Cairo
Fly + train:  12​h 45​min
Selcuk
— 3 nights
train + Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Cairo

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ancient City of Ephesus and Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). Do your shopping at Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop and BLACK SHEEP CARPETS. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Celsus Kutuphanesi, explore the historical opulence of Keci Kalesi, listen to music at Efes Antique City, and steep yourself in history at Public Latrine.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Selcuk sightseeing planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Selcuk is an approximately 13-hour flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Goreme.

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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Celsus Kutuphanesi ©
Celsus Kutuphanesi
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Goreme National Park and Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley). Step out of the city life by going to Cappadocia Cave Dwellings and Uchisar Castle. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, view the masterpieces at Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Center, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and look for gifts at Alaturca Carpet.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Selcuk to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Goreme when traveling from Selcuk in July, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
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Goreme Acikhava Muzesi ©
Goreme Acikhava Muzesi

5
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.
Basilica Cistern and Historic Areas of Istanbul will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) and Rahmi M. Koc Museum. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi), take a stroll through Ortakoy, and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

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Getting from Goreme to Istanbul by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Istanbul. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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