13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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Gocek
— 1 night
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Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Istanbul
— 5 nights
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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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take a pleasant ride with Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and explore the striking landscape at Zemi Valley.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Goreme trip itinerary planning website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Goreme is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Goreme are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Gocek.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Gocek

— 1 night
On the 22nd (Wed), stop by Epoca Carpet and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gocek trip planning site.

You can fly from Goreme to Gocek in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Goreme in September since evenings lows in Gocek dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Gocek

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Selcuk

— 1 night
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 23rd (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain, then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of Public Latrine, and finally look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk route maker app.

Getting from Gocek to Selcuk by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Selcuk are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

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You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Istanbul

— 5 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: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia, explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Istanbul sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

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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.