16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Alexandria
taxi + Fly + taxi:  14​h 30​min
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
bus + Fly + train:  4​h 15​min
Selcuk
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
Alexandria

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Derinkuyu Underground City in Derinkuyu (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme travel itinerary planner.

Alexandria, Egypt to Goreme is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Alexandria in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Goreme. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

4
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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, religious sites, museums, theme parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, and catch a live performance at Efes Antique City.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Goreme to Selcuk takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Selcuk, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks Nightlife
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Celsus Kutuphanesi ©
Celsus Kutuphanesi
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©

1
day
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 24th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Hierapolis & Pamukkale, then stroll through Pamukkale Natural Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Pamukkale online itinerary creator.

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Selcuk in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Pamukkale, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hierapolis & Pamukkale
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis & Pamukkale ©
Hierapolis & Pamukkale
Pamukkale Natural Park
Pamukkale Natural Park

6
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.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, museums, religious sites, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, take a stroll through Ortakoy, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Pamukkale in June, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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