12 days in Istanbul & Pamukkale Itinerary

12 days in Istanbul & Pamukkale Itinerary

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12 days in Istanbul & Pamukkale Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
1
Istanbul
— 8 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Istanbul

8
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.
For shopping fun, head to Kapali Carsi or Hars. Kids will appreciate attractions like Selale Parkuru and Ortakoy. Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Dilburnu Tabiat Parki. Spend the 30th (Sun) exploring nature at Irmak Tabiat Parki. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the landmark architecture of Suleymaniye Cami , admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul vacation tool .

If you are flying in from Kuwait, the closest major airports are Atatürk International Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Istanbul are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
nights
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 2nd (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, delve into the distant past at Aphrodisias, and then examine the collection at Afrodisias Museum. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Hierapolis & Pamukkale, then wander the streets of Karahayit, then learn about winemaking at Pamukkale Winery, and finally explore the ancient world of Laodikeia.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Denizli, Afrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

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