8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Start: Cairo
Fly + Train:  7 h 30 min
1
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
2
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Antalya
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
5
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the ancient world of The Basilica of Saint John, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, explore the ancient world of Public Latrine, explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Selcuk tour planning site.

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Selcuk. Traveling from Cairo in November, things will get slightly colder in Selcuk: highs are around 22°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu
Ephesus Museum ©
Ephesus Museum

1
night
Oludeniz

Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Babadag and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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Getting from Selcuk to Oludeniz by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. November in Oludeniz sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Parasailing & Paragliding
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Babadag ©
Babadag

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Antalya

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City, delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate, then go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, and finally see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Antalya trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Oludeniz to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in November, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Perge Ancient City ©
Perge Ancient City
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi
Old City Marina ©
Old City Marina

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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.
On the 11th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and finally take a stroll through Ortakoy. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Antalya to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Antalya in November, plan for little chillier days in Istanbul, with highs around 17°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley). Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, then admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, then Head underground at Uchisar Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Kaymakli Underground City.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Goreme trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect cooler evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in November, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Urgup, Kaymakli Underground City, Uchisar Castle
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Fairy Chimneys ©
Fairy Chimneys
Kaymakli Underground City ©
Kaymakli Underground City
Gulludere Vadisi ©
Gulludere Vadisi

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