11 days in Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Turkey Itinerary

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11 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Ankara
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h
3
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Bodrum City
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Doha

3
nights
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 5th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), then admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, and finally get a dose of the wild on Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme vacation builder app .

Doha, Qatar to Goreme is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Doha in April, things will get colder in Goreme: highs are around 22°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uchisar Castle, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
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Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©

1
night
Ankara

Ankara ©
Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
On the 7th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, then examine the collection at Erimtan Arkeoloji ve Sanat Muzesi, then examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ataturk Mausoleum.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Ankara itinerary site .

You can take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Goreme in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Ankara, with highs around 13°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums
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Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi ©
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi
AnItkabir ©
AnItkabir

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.
On the 8th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Celsus Kutuphanesi, contemplate the long history of The House of the Virgin Mary, and then wander the streets of Sirince Koyu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of The Basilica of Saint John, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, steep yourself in history at Public Latrine, delve into the distant past at The Terrace Houses, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Selcuk tour planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ankara to Selcuk takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Ankara in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Selcuk, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Sirince Koyu
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu
Ephesus Terrace Houses ©
Ephesus Terrace Houses

1
night
Bodrum City

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then choose your vessel at Heyamola Boat Tour.

Planning Bodrum City trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Selcuk to Bodrum City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Selcuk in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Bodrum City. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Tours Outdoors Transportation

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter
Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology ©
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) and Istanbul Modern Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, admire the striking features of Rustem Pasha Mosque, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koç Museum, and steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Bodrum City to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Bodrum City in April; daily highs in Istanbul reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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