17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

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17 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Selcuk
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

4
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.
When in Goreme, make a side trip to see Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu, approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, pause for some serene contemplation at Keslik Monastery, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Goreme online trip itinerary maker .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Goreme is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in January, expect Goreme to be colder, temps between 5°C and -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Urgup, Alaturca Taner, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Bezirhane Pottery
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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 4th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

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

4
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: delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, see the interesting displays at TCDD Tren Muzesi, get engrossed in the history at Turkish Bath Museum, and contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in February, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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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

6
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: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Selcuk in February: highs in Istanbul hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (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
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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