8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

Make it your trip
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Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Fly
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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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.
On the 31st (Tue), stop by La Tulip Art Gallery.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Selcuk route maker tool.

Cairo, Egypt to Selcuk is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairo in December, with highs in Selcuk at 15°C and lows at 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

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 2nd (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church, and finally explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale attractions planner.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul online itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. January in Istanbul sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

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.
On the 6th (Mon), stop by Turquoise Rugs & Bags, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Turkey travel guide

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Ruins · Architectural Buildings · 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.