8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey tour planner

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Dalyan
— 1 night
Drive
3
Selcuk
— 1 night
Fly
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Rahmi M. Koc Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. There's lots more to do: stop by Sultanahmet District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

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Cairo, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Cairo to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cairo in December, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Dalyan.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Dalyan

— 1 night
Although it once seemed destined to become a stereotypical coastal resort, Dalyan remains unspoiled by commercial tourism because of its location within an environmentally protected area.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Iztuzu Beach 2 and then contemplate the long history of Kaunos.

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Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Dalyan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Dalyan, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Dalyan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, then steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

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You can drive from Dalyan to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dalyan in December, with highs in Selcuk at 15°C and lows at 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 1 night
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 18th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, take a pleasant ride with Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, and then stop by Alaturca Taner.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Goreme journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Goreme takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Selcuk in December, with highs in Goreme at 6°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.