7 days in Turkey Itinerary

7 days in Turkey Itinerary

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7 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Sharm El Sheikh
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  5​h
Selcuk
— 1 night
+2
train + Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
Urgup, Cappadocia
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Sharm El Sheikh

3
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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip maker app .

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Sharm El Sheikh to Istanbul is 1 hour. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in August, expect Istanbul to be a bit cooler, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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.
On the 14th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Celsus Kutuphanesi, explore the ancient world of The Terrace Houses, delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Selcuk route maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Istanbul to Selcuk in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Selcuk, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Selcuk

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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
Urgup, Cappadocia

Urgup ©
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
On the 15th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Goreme Acikhava Muzesi, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and then explore by horseback at Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Urgup travel route builder tool .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Selcuk to Urgup in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Selcuk in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Urgup. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Goreme, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
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Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center ©
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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