17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Selcuk
— 3 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Istanbul
— 7 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 4 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.
Spend the 31st (Sun) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles, explore the historical opulence of Uchisar Castle, and get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Goreme trip itinerary tool.

Muscat, Oman to Goreme is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Muscat in October, things will get much colder in Goreme: highs are around 24°C and lows about 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Selcuk.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

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Selcuk

— 3 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Selcuk road trip planning app.

You can fly from Goreme to Selcuk in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Goreme in November: high temperatures in Selcuk hover around 22°C and lows are around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites
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Pamukkale

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On your second day here, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
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Istanbul

— 7 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: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Istanbul vacation builder website.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. November in Istanbul sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours
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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.