8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Selcuk
— 1 night
2
Pamukkale
— 1 night
3
Istanbul
— 3 nights
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights

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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 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 8-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 °C and lows at °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, thenexplore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, thensteep 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. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Byzantine Church ©
Byzantine Church

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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Goreme, Cappadocia

Goreme ©
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, thenenjoy 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: get to know the fascinating history of 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 4.5 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 °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Goreme Open-Air Museum ©
Goreme Open-Air Museum

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