7 days in Turkey Itinerary

7 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey holiday planner

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Istanbul
— 3 nights
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Selcuk
— 1 night
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Urgup, Cappadocia
— 1 night
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Istanbul

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul day trip site.

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sharm El Sheikh to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in August, expect Istanbul to be slightly colder, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Selcuk

— 1 night
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 14th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk day trip tool.

You can fly from Istanbul to Selcuk in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in August: highs in Selcuk hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites
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Urgup, Cappadocia

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Goreme Open-Air Museum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and then trot along with Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Urgup trip website.

Getting from Selcuk to Urgup by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Selcuk in August since evenings lows in Urgup dip to 19°C. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.