14 days in Turkey Itinerary

14 days in Turkey Itinerary

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14 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Selcuk
— 2 nights
2
Pamukkale
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
4
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Bengaluru

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.
Ancient City of Ephesus and Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to La Tulip Art Gallery and Sultan Carpet and Kilimfor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Celsus Kutuphanesi, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Basilica of Saint John.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk sightseeing planning tool .

Bengaluru, India to Selcuk is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Bengaluru to Selcuk, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Bengaluru in December, with highs in Selcuk at 15°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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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
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 27th (Thu), take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis & Pamukkale, and then wander the streets of Karahayit.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pamukkale itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Karahayit
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Karahayit ©
Karahayit

2
nights
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 Goreme Acikhava Muzesi are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Balloon Rides and Cappadocia Cave Dwellings. There's still lots to do: stop by Alaturca Carpet.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Goreme vacation maker tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Uchisar, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme

5
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.
Head to Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Streetfor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sultanahmet District and Basilica Cistern. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , wander the streets of Ortakoy, and examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Istanbul travel route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Goreme in December, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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