8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cairo
Fly + Train:  7 h 30 min
1
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Goreme
— 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.
On the 31st (Tue), stop by La Tulip Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Selcuk route maker tool.

Cairo, Egypt to Selcuk is an approximately 8- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or 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

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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, 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.

To find ratings, photos, 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 take a bus. 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 museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul online itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a 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 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

2
nights
Goreme

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, 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: get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Goreme Open-Air Museum ©
Goreme Open-Air Museum

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