16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Selcuk
— 1 night
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Istanbul
— 7 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights

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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.
On the 15th (Tue), ponder the design of Trajan's Fountain, explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and then stop by La Tulip Art Gallery. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then get a dose of the wild on Troy Tours, and finally see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk day trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Selcuk is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in December, with highs in Selcuk at 15°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
Ephesus Museum ©
Ephesus Museum

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Pamukkale

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 17th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Pamukkale Balloons, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip itinerary site.

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Nature
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Balloon Rides
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis

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Istanbul

Istanbul ©

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary maker website.

Fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Go for a jaunt from Goreme to Derinkuyu to see Kaymakli Underground City about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, look for gifts at Alaturca Taner, and explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Goreme trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Istanbul in December since evenings lows in Goreme dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

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