12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Adrasan
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru

1
night
Goreme, Cappadocia

Goreme ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): ride a horse along Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then shop like a local with Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Center.

For photos and more tourist information, use the Goreme trip itinerary maker tool .

Bengaluru, India to Goreme is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Bengaluru in May: highs in Goreme hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Adrasan.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center ©
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center

1
day
Adrasan

Adrasan ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): stroll through Bucht Von Adrasan and then enjoy the sand and surf at Adrasan Koyu.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Adrasan trip planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Goreme to Adrasan. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Goreme in May since evenings lows in Adrasan dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Adrasan

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Adrasan Koyu ©
Adrasan Koyu

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Hierapolis & Pamukkale.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Pamukkale sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Adrasan to Pamukkale takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

2
nights
Selcuk

Selcuk ©
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 6th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), make a trip to Arcadian Way, contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally delve into the distant past at The Terrace Houses. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Pamucak Beach, explore the ancient world of The Basilica of Saint John, delve into the distant past at Curetes Street, then delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis, and finally explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

4
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Kapali Carsi or Mısır Çarşısı. Topkapi Palace and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate the long history of Rumeli Fortress, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Selcuk to Istanbul in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Selcuk in May, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) 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
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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