8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
3
Selcuk
— 1 night
Fly
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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Istanbul

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

Make your Istanbul itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Alexandria, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 6-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. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Alexandria in September: highs in Istanbul hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:

Pamukkale

— 1 night

Cotton Castle

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 1st (Fri), witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Pamukkale by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 1:

Selcuk

— 1 night
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 2nd (Sat): stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, then see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Selcuk trip planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Selcuk by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
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 3rd (Sun): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme road trip planning website.

You can fly from Selcuk to Goreme in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Selcuk in October; daily highs in Goreme reach 24°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:

Turkey travel guide

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Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.