13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey planner

Make it your trip
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Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 1 night
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Istanbul

— 5 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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Mosque, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul route maker site.

Portland, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Istanbul is 11 hours. When traveling from Portland in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 76°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 21:

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 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip maker tool.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in October, you will find days in Goreme are slightly colder (69°F), and nights are cooler (42°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Kaklik Cave, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:

Selcuk

— 1 night
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Selcuk driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Selcuk can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites
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Highlights from your trip

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.