12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
2
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Kusadasi
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)


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3
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Goreme, Cappadocia

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, nature, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme route app .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Goreme is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Goreme. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in November, expect Goreme to be colder, temps between 16°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Guray Museum, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

1
night
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
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 11th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Guney Selalesi, then push the limits with an extreme tour, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and finally delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Goreme to Pamukkale by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Guney Selalesi
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Guney Selalesi ©
Guney Selalesi

2
nights
Kusadasi

Kusadasi ©
Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Kusadasi Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Uzun Plaj, and then explore the striking landscape of Dilek National Park. On your second day here, make a splash at Adaland, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kuşadası Market, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ladies Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kusadasi online trip maker .

Getting from Pamukkale to Kusadasi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Pamukkale to Kusadasi is minus 1 hour. In November, daily temperatures in Kusadasi can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Ladies Beach ©
Ladies Beach
Dilek National Park ©
Dilek National Park
Kusadasi Castle ©
Kusadasi Castle

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Istanbul

Istanbul ©
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 museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planning website .

Getting from Kusadasi to Istanbul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kusadasi to Istanbul is 1 hour. When traveling from Kusadasi in November, plan for little chillier days in Istanbul, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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