22 days in Turkey Itinerary

22 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

Make it your trip
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 4 nights
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Istanbul
— 9 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 6 nights
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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 11th (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Pamukkale online travel route builder.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Pamukkale is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Selcuk

— 4 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.
Bring the kids along to Ancient City of Ephesus and Temple of Hadrian. Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and Public Latrine will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, delve into the distant past at Baths of Varius, step into the grandiose world of Ayasoluk Castle, and make a trip to Byzantine acquaducts.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Selcuk day trip planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bosphorus Strait and Dalia Beach. Shop till you drop at Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Caddesi. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, browse the exhibits of Galata Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip builder.

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 August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 6 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.
Visiting Goreme National Park and Pasabag will get you outdoors. Uchisar Castle and Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) will appeal to history buffs. When in Goreme, make a side trip to see Gomeda Vadisi in Mustafapasa, approximately Mustafapasa away. There's lots more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Gore Harabeleri, see Off-Road Tours, and appreciate the views at Red Valley.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme day trip tool.

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Istanbul in August, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Turkey travel guide

4.4
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.