8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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8 days in Turkey Itinerary

Sharm El Sheikh
Fly:  13​h 30​min
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Sharm El Sheikh

2
days
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 28th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, delve into the distant past at Arcadian Way, delve into the distant past at The Terrace Houses, explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally delve into the distant past at Celsus Kutuphanesi. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Curetes Street, explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, steep yourself in history at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, and finally stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk online tour itinerary planner .

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to Selcuk is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in August, expect Selcuk to be a bit cooler, temps between 41°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

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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
day
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
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 30th (Thu), take a memorable drive along Road to Pamukkale, then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis & Pamukkale.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

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Hierapolis & Pamukkale ©
Hierapolis & Pamukkale
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools

4
days
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.
Basilica Cistern and Suleymaniye Cami will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern Museum, look for gifts at Adnan and Hasan Carpet and Kilim Store, and see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. August in Istanbul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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