21 days in Turkey Itinerary

21 days in Turkey Itinerary

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21 days in Turkey Itinerary

Cairo
Fly + bus:  10​h
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Guzelyurt, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Selcuk
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Cairo

6
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.
Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, stop by Alaturca Carpet, explore the striking landscape at Love Valley, and Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Goreme trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Goreme is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. While traveling from Cairo, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Goreme

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uchisar, Urgup, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, Chez Bircan Pottery
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Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center ©
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

0
days
Guzelyurt, Cappadocia

Guzelyurt ©
To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Guzelyurt day trip tool .

Getting from Goreme to Guzelyurt by car takes about 1.5 hours. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Selcuk.
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Yeraltı Şehri ©
Yeraltı Şehri

5
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, museums, shopping, theme parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis, explore the historical opulence of Keci Kalesi, and stop by Black Sheep Carpets.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Selcuk holiday tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Guzelyurt to Selcuk. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Museums

Side Trip

St. Jean Church
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
The Terrace Houses ©
The Terrace Houses

2
days
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 23rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pamukkale Natural Park, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then cruise along Road to Pamukkale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Hierapolis & Pamukkale.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Pamukkale day trip planning 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 by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

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

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 historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, admire the landmark architecture of Suleymaniye Cami , and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Istanbul holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in March, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Tours
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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