16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
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Istanbul — 6 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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Istanbul route maker site.

Hanoi, Vietnam to Istanbul is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Hanoi to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Pamukkale.
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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 6th (Sat): stop by Dogan Onyx factory, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.
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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.
On the 8th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, then explore the ancient world of Trajan's Fountain, and then see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Isa Bey Mosque, contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip planner.

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Goreme.
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Goreme, Cappadocia — 5 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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Goreme trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Selcuk to Goreme in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Selcuk in May, expect Goreme to be little chillier, temps between 27°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.
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