12 days in Turkey & Cappadocia Itinerary

12 days in Turkey & Cappadocia Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey & Cappadocia Itinerary

Start: Islamabad
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Dalyan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Oludeniz
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
4
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Islamabad


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5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sultanahmet District and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Rahmi M. Koc Museum. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi), steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip planning website .

Islamabad, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Islamabad to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Islamabad in March, you will find days in Istanbul are colder (14°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Dalyan.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

1
night
Dalyan

Dalyan ©
Although it once seemed destined to become a stereotypical coastal resort, Dalyan remains unspoiled by commercial tourism because of its location within an environmentally protected area.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): kick back and relax at Iztuzu Beach.

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Getting from Istanbul to Dalyan by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Dalyan, with highs around 21°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Dalyan

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Iztuzu Beach ©
Iztuzu Beach

few
hours
Oludeniz

Oludeniz ©
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
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Traveling by car from Dalyan to Oludeniz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the ancient world of Celsus Kutuphanesi, explore the ancient world of The Terrace Houses, then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Selcuk day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Selcuk takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites
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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
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 3rd (Tue): view the masterpieces at Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Center and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings. On the next day, stroll through Goreme National Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Selcuk to Goreme in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In April, Goreme is a bit cooler than Selcuk - with highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Alaturca Taner, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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