12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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Antalya
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
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Selcuk
— 1 night

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Istanbul

Istanbul ©

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.
Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yeni Camii and Eminonu Square. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Fatih Mosque and Complex, indulge in some personalized pampering at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, and appreciate the history behind Sultanahmet Square.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary site.

Portland, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Turkey Time is 11 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Must see
Basilica Cistern
4.4
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Must see
Hagia Sophia
4.7

2
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Goreme, Cappadocia

Goreme ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Peri Bacalari, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, then soar above the sights with Royal Balloon, and finally explore the striking landscape at Zemi Valley. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Love Valley, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Soganli Valley, then admire the verdant scenery at Red Valley, and finally stop by Efendi Sarapevi.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Goreme itinerary planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in May, Goreme is little chillier at night with lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Must see
Red Valley
4.7
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World heritage site
Goreme National Park
4.8
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Geologic Formation
Love Valley
4.7

2
nights
Antalya

Antalya
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hadrian's Gate and Yivli Minaret Mosque. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Antalya Muzesi and Sueno Hotels Golf Belek. Step out of Antalya to go to Belek and see Carya Golf Club, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: fly like a bird with Tour in Pamukkale, take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and visit Ataturk Boulevard.

Discover how to plan a Antalya trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Goreme to Antalya in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Antalya, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Outdoors · Golf · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Must see
Hadrian's Gate
4.3
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Specialty Museum
Antalya Muzesi
4.7
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Golf Course
Carya Golf Club
4.5

1
night
Pamukkale

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 10th (Mon): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip planner.

Traveling by car from Antalya to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
4.6
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World heritage site
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
4.4
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Balloon Ride
Balloon Rides
4.3

1
night
Selcuk

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.
On the 11th (Tue), look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate, then delve into the distant past at Trajan's Fountain, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally make a trip to Byzantine acquaducts.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Selcuk tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 55°F. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Highlights from your trip
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World heritage site
Ancient City of Ephesus
4.9

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