8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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8 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pamukkale
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Cairo

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Selcuk trip itinerary builder tool .

Cairo, Egypt to Selcuk is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Selcuk is 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in December, things will get a bit cooler in Selcuk: highs are around 15°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

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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.
On the 2nd (Thu), take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, and finally explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

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: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Istanbul vacation planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Istanbul by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

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, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then explore the galleries of Goreme Acikhava Muzesi. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in January, you will find days in Goreme are little chillier (5°C), and nights are colder (-4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme

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