11 days in Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Turkey Itinerary

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11 days in Turkey Itinerary

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

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica Cistern and Little Hagia Sophia. Do your shopping at Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) and Istiklal Street. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Ortakoy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya).

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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in October, expect nights in Istanbul to be little chillier, around 16°C, while days are colder, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
Popular historic sites such as Goreme National Park and Uchisar Castle are in your itinerary. Head to Alaturca Carpet and Sultans Ceramicfor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag, and admire the verdant scenery at Rose Valley.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Goreme vacation trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in October, Goreme is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Goreme

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Uchisar, Urgup, Sultans Ceramic
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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.
Visit Ancient City of Ephesus and Efes Antique City for their historical value. Head to Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop and BLACK SHEEP CARPETSfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Celsus Kutuphanesi, don't miss a visit to Curetes Street, steep yourself in history at Public Latrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk travel itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Goreme to Selcuk in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Goreme in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Selcuk: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 19°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

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

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