8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
4
Selcuk
— 1 night
Fly to Berlin Tegel, Train to Dresden

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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: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Istanbul route website.

Dresden, Germany to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dresden to Istanbul is 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Dresden in April, with highs in Istanbul at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Goreme Open-Air Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, and then look for gifts at Arts & Crafts Cappadocia.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in April, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in Goreme. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:

Pamukkale

— 1 night

Cotton Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:

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.
On the 20th (Tue), stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Pamukkale to Selcuk by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 20:

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.