17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey visit planner

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
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Istanbul
— 9 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: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, look for gifts at Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles, and take in the dramatic natural features at Zemi Valley.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Goreme day trip app.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Goreme is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Riyadh in September: highs in Goreme hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

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.
On the 6th (Sun), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Pamukkale travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Byzantine acquaducts, contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of Heracles Gate, and finally stop by La Tulip Art Gallery. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Temple of Hadrian, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, and finally cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk road trip app.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping

Istanbul

— 9 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.
Family-friendly places like Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Istanbul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Selcuk in September, plan for little chillier days in Istanbul, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · 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.