11 days in Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
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Selcuk
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gocek
— 1 night
Fly
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Istanbul
— 4 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Selcuk online trip maker.

Oslo, Norway to Selcuk is an approximately 8-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 much warmer temperatures when traveling from Oslo in August; daily highs in Selcuk reach 41°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On your second day here, Head underground at Kaklik Cave, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gocek.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Gocek

— 1 night
On the 5th (Thu), stop by Epoca Carpet and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Gocek journey planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Gocek takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Gocek sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Gocek

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, see Off-Road Tours, and get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Gocek to Goreme takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Gocek in August, Goreme is little chillier at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Istanbul

— 4 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.
Bring the kids along to Hagia Sophia and Chora Museum. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and steep yourself in history at Galata Tower.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip maker site.

You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in August, expect nights in Istanbul to be a bit warmer, around 25°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · 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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.