12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly:  10​h
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Fethiye
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Pamukkale
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Istanbul
— 1 day
Fly:  10​h
End: Karachi

2
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.
On the 25th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip website .

Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Karachi to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Karachi in August: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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.
On the 27th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Royal Balloon, then take in the dramatic natural features at Love Valley, then stop by Sultan Carpet, and finally explore by horseback at Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center.

For more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme day trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fethiye.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Fethiye

Fethiye ©
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at VIRA and Ancient Rock Tombes. Step out of Fethiye to go to Dalyan and see Iztuzu Beach, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Old Town, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fethiye travel planner .

Getting from Goreme to Fethiye by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Fethiye when traveling from Goreme in August, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Fethiye

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Parasailing & Paragliding, Iztuzu Beach 2, Vira
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Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2
Scuba & Snorkeling
Old Town ©
Old Town

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.
On the 1st (Sat), witness a stunning natural landmark at Cleopatra Pools, take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis & Pamukkale. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Laodikeia, then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pamukkale Natural Park.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Fethiye to Pamukkale by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Denizli
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Natural Park ©
Pamukkale Natural Park

1
day
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): make a trip to Miniaturk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eyup Sultan Mosque (Eyup Sultan Camii), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites
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Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami
Miniaturk ©
Miniaturk
Eyup Sultan Mosque ©
Eyup Sultan Mosque

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