13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

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13 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Dammam
Fly + Drive:  13​h
1
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Dammam

3
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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, theme parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, stop by Celsus Ceramic, delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Selcuk travel route planner.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Selcuk is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dammam in April; daily highs in Selcuk reach 25°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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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

2
nights
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 11th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Balloon Rides

3
nights
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: get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the masterpieces at Guray Museum, delve into the distant past at Gore Harabeleri, and do a tasting at Kocabag Winery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uchisar, Avanos, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Gore Harabeleri
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Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul online travel route planner .

Getting from Goreme to Istanbul by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 9°C in Istanbul. On the 19th (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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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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