12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Drive to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Fly to Jinnah International Airport

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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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait, take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum, and explore the galleries of Galata Tower.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip maker website.

Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Standard Time to Turkey Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Karachi in October, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are colder, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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 30th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Here are some ideas for day two: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), ponder the design of Trajan's Fountain, then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate, and finally look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Temple of Hadrian and then delve into the distant past at Public Latrine.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Selcuk trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Selcuk sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · 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.
On the 3rd (Wed), enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, then Head underground at Uchisar Castle, and finally look for gifts at Antik Galeri.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Goreme trip planning app.

You can fly from Selcuk to Goreme in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Selcuk in November, things will get little chillier in Goreme: highs are around 16°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Turkey travel guide

4.4
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.