19 days in Turkey Itinerary

19 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey visit planner

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 3 nights
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Istanbul
— 8 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Goreme side-trips: Kaymakli Underground City (in Derinkuyu) and Mazi Yeralti Sehri (in Urgup). The adventure continues: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, explore the striking landscape at Zemi Valley, and contemplate the long history of Gore Harabeleri.

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Kastamonu to Goreme is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. June in Goreme sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Keep things going 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.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip planning site.

You can fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Nature

Selcuk

— 3 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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, examine the collection at TCDD Tren Muzesi, make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, and stop by Lilys Authentic Art carpets and textiles shop.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Selcuk online journey planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks

Istanbul

— 8 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, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

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You can fly from Selcuk to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Selcuk in June, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

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.