12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Selcuk — 1 night

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 26th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), examine the collection at Maket Koy, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, and finally explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis. Keep things going the next day: stop by Celsus Ceramic, stop by Lilys Authentic Art carpets and textiles shop, then take an in-depth tour of Turkish Bath Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Keci Kalesi, and finally explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk day trip app.

Amritsar, India to Selcuk is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Amritsar to Selcuk, you'll gain 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amritsar in May, expect nights in Selcuk to be a bit cooler, around 15°C, while days are colder, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Pamukkale — 2 nights

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 28th (Sat): enjoy unforgettable views with Pamukkale Balloons, then steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church, then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Pamukkale Natural Park, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale road trip planning website.

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Goreme.
Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Goreme, Cappadocia — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, then explore the galleries of La Maison du Kilim, and finally look for gifts at Alaturca Taner. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park.

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Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Goreme takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Goreme sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trips

Istanbul — 5 nights

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, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul tour builder.

You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Istanbul. On the 5th (Sun), you're off to home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Turkey travel guide

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.