22 days in Turkey & Medina Itinerary

22 days in Turkey & Medina Itinerary

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Goreme, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
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Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 6 nights
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Goreme, Turkey

— 4 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, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, Head underground at Uchisar Castle, and admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Goreme is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Jeddah in February, things will get cooler in Goreme: highs are around 12°C and lows about -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Selcuk, Turkey

— 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.
When in Selcuk, make a side trip to see Magnesia Antik Kenti in Germencik, approximately Germencik away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, don't miss a visit to Byzantine acquaducts, explore the ancient world of Baths of Varius, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk travel route planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Selcuk in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, Selcuk is a bit warmer than Goreme - with highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 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 26th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then enjoy unforgettable views with Pamukkale Balloons.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Istanbul, Turkey

— 6 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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, and examine the collection at Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daytime highs in Istanbul are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Medina.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Medina, Saudi Arabia

— 6 nights

Radiant City

Most tourism in Medina, the second-holiest city in Islam, comes from pilgrims who visit as part of the Hajj, an annual traditional journey that ends in Mecca.
Medina is known for historic sites, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Masjid an Nabawi, stroll the grounds of Grave of Hamza ibn Abdul-Muttalib, steep yourself in history at Abu Bakar Masjed, and don't miss a visit to Masjid Al Ghamamah.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Medina itinerary planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Medina in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Istanbul in March, you will find days in Medina are warmer (36°C), and nights are a bit warmer (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Medina

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

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.