12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Goreme
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 30​min
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Doha

2
nights
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 (Sat), see Off-Road Tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Uchisar Castle and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Goreme trip itinerary site .

Doha, Qatar to Goreme is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Doha in June, expect Goreme to be cooler, temps between 32°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

Uchisar Castle, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Off-Road Tours
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides

2
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), push the limits with an extreme tour, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then enjoy the sand and surf at Pamucak Beach, and finally stop by La Tulip Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

1
night
Oludeniz

Oludeniz ©
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz tour planner .

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Oludeniz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Oludeniz can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Parasailing & Paragliding

4
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.
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultanahmet District will appeal to history buffs. Family-friendly places like Basilica Cistern and Aqua Beach will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the striking features of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryem Ana Rum Ortodoks Kilisesi, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Istanbul online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Oludeniz to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Oludeniz, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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