17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

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17 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  6​h
3
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Selcuk
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Uzungol
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Trabzon
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
7
Bursa
— 1 night
+2
bus + train + Fly:  8​h
End: Cairo

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.
You've now added Rustem Pasha Mosque to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary planner .

Cairo, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cairo in March, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

4
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.
Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. The adventure continues: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Goreme, with lows of 1°C. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Uchisar Castle
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): cruise along Road to Pamukkale, take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then stroll through Pamukkale Natural Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Hierapolis & Pamukkale and then take in the natural beauty of Cleopatra Pools.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Pamukkale in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis & Pamukkale ©
Hierapolis & Pamukkale
Pamukkale Natural Park ©
Pamukkale Natural Park

1
night
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 28th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then explore the ancient world of The Terrace Houses, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally delve into the distant past at Celsus Kutuphanesi.

To find out how to plan a trip to Selcuk, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daytime highs in Selcuk are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uzungol.

Things to do in Selcuk

#Historic Sites
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
The Terrace Houses ©
The Terrace Houses

1
night
Uzungol

Uzungol ©
Uzungöl is a lake situated to the south of the city of Trabzon, in the Çaykara district of Trabzon Province, Turkey. On the 29th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Sarikaya Yaylasi and then contemplate the waterfront views at Uzungol.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Uzungol road trip planning website .

Explore your travel options from Selcuk to Uzungol with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Uzungol

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Uzungol
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Uzungol ©
Uzungol

1
night
Trabzon

Trabzon ©
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Sumela Monastery, steep yourself in history at Atatürk Köşkü, see the interesting displays at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, then see the interesting displays at Trabzon Sehir Muzesi, and finally examine the collection at Trabzon Museum. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Cal MagarasI, stop by Trabzon Cevahir Outlet, then explore the striking landscape at Ortahisar, and finally get great views at Boztepe.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Trabzon sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Uzungol to Trabzon in 2 hours. March in Trabzon sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bursa.

Things to do in Trabzon

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums
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Çal Mağarası ©
Çal Mağarası
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum
Ortahisar ©
Ortahisar

1
night
Bursa

Bursa ©
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Green Mosque (Yesil Camii), then hunt for treasures at Koza Hani, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulu Cami.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bursa route builder tool .

Getting from Trabzon to Bursa by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Bursa can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bursa

#Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trip

Green Mosque (Yesil Camii)
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Ulu Cami ©
Ulu Cami
Green Mosque (Yesil Camii) ©
Green Mosque (Yesil Camii)
Koza Hani ©
Koza Hani

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