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:  4​h
2
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Antalya
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
5
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Cairo

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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 8th (Fri), delve into the distant past at The Basilica of Saint John, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, then delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Selcuk trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Selcuk is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Selcuk due to the time zone difference. In November, Selcuk is little chillier than Cairo - with highs of 22°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to 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 Terrace Houses ©
Ephesus Terrace Houses

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Oludeniz

Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
On the 9th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Babadag, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then see a world frozen in time at Kayakoy, and finally slough off your stress at Turkish baths.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Oludeniz visit planning site .

You can drive from Selcuk to Oludeniz in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Fethiye
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Babadag ©
Babadag
Kayakoy ©
Kayakoy

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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.
On the 10th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City, steep yourself in history at Hadrian's Gate, then go for a stroll along the water at Harbour District/ Antalya Marina, and finally examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Antalya holiday site .

Getting from Oludeniz to Antalya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in November, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can 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
Hadrian's Gate
Hadrian's Gate

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and finally wander the streets of Ortakoy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Istanbul online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Antalya to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Antalya in November, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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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.
Start 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). On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Pasabag, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, then explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Kaymakli Underground City.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Goreme trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect colder evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in November, with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar Castle, Kaymakli Underground City
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Gulludere Vadisi ©
Gulludere Vadisi
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Balloon Rides

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