17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 7 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
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Istanbul — 7 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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern | Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary maker tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Amsterdam in January, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Goreme.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Goreme trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Istanbul in January, plan for little chillier days in Goreme, with highs around 5°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight 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 27th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Hercules Gate and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and then look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery.

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You can fly from Goreme to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Goreme in January; daily highs in Selcuk reach 13°C and lows reach 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale — 3 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.
Pamukkale is known for nature, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, push the limits with an extreme tour, and learn more about the world around you at Laodikeia Antik Kenti.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip builder.

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) 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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