13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

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— 3 nights
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
— 2 nights
— 1 night
— 1 night


Istanbul — 3 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.
Hagia Sophia Mosque and Galata Tower will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Rahmi M. Koc Museum. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, explore the activities along Halic, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip builder tool.

New Delhi, India to Istanbul is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to Istanbul, you'll gain 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in March, expect nights in Istanbul to be little chillier, around 54°F, while days are cooler, around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Goreme.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Uchisar Castle and Goreme Open-Air Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Goreme National Park and Balloon Rides. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Sultan Carpet and explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Goreme online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in March since evenings lows in Goreme dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Selcuk.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

Selcuk — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, then stop by Diana Ephesus Silver & Souvenir, and finally stop by Celsus Ceramic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Elifim Pottery, stop by Sultan Carpet and Kilim, then delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, and finally explore the ancient world of The Odeion.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 41°F in Selcuk. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Denizli.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Nightlife

Denizli — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then push the limits with Pamukkale Hijackers.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Denizli route planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Denizli takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Selcuk in March: high temperatures in Denizli hover around 56°F and lows are around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Marmaris.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trip

Marmaris — 1 night

One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
On the 21st (Mon), kick back and relax at Icmeler Beach, then look for gifts at Latina Goldsmiths, then look for gifts at Simons Diamonds, and finally look for gifts at Trust Gold & Diamond Jewellery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Marmaris online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Denizli to Marmaris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Denizli in March, expect Marmaris to be a bit warmer, temps between 65°F and 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Side Trip

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.