8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cairo
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
2
Dalyan
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Selcuk
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  6 h
4
Goreme
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h
End: Cairo

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Hagia Sophia Museum and Istanbul Modern. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Topkapi Palace. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and take a stroll through Sultanahmet District.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Istanbul online journey maker.

Cairo, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 3.5- 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
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
night
Dalyan

Dalyan ©
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, then explore the ancient world of Caunos Tombs of the Kings, and then steep yourself in history at Kaunos.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Dalyan trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Dalyan in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect nights in Dalyan to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Dalyan

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Caunos Tombs of the Kings
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Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2
Kaunos ©
Kaunos
Caunos Tombs of the Kings ©
Caunos Tombs of the Kings

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 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).

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Selcuk day trip tool.

You can drive from Dalyan to Selcuk in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. 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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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

1
night
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 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 where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Goreme journey planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Selcuk to Goreme takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. 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

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Alaturca Taner, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center ©
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center

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