8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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
+2
train + Fly + taxi:  6​h
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
taxi + 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.
Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Sultanahmet District and Ortakoy. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum, take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul day trip app .

Cairo, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Cairo in December, plan for colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 7°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dalyan.

Things to do in Istanbul

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
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): kick back and relax at Iztuzu Beach, explore the ancient world of Dalyan, and then steep yourself in history at Kaunos.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dalyan day trip planning site .

Getting from Istanbul to Dalyan by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Dalyan: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Dalyan

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

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Dalyan
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Iztuzu Beach ©
Iztuzu Beach
Kaunos ©
Kaunos
Dalyan ©
Dalyan

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Celsus Kutuphanesi, delve into the distant past at The Terrace Houses, steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally steep yourself in history at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Selcuk trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Dalyan to Selcuk takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, Selcuk is little chillier than Dalyan - with highs of 15°C and lows of 3°C. Finish 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
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
The Terrace Houses ©
The Terrace Houses

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Goreme National Park. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, ride a horse along Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, and then look for gifts at Alaturca Carpet.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Selcuk to Goreme takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Selcuk in December, expect Goreme to be slightly colder, temps between 6°C and -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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