13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

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13 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  7​h
1
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
3
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
4
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Kuwait City

2
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.
On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then stop by Turquoise Rugs & Bags.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Goreme travel route planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Goreme is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Kuwait City in August, with highs in Goreme at 38°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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 historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take a stroll through Ortakoy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Goreme in August, plan for little chillier days in Istanbul, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

3
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.
When in Pamukkale, make a side trip to see Aphrodisias in Geyre, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, take a memorable tour with Tours, and delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip website .

Getting from Istanbul to Pamukkale by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Aphrodisias
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

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: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, and examine the collection at Ephesus Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Selcuk online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks 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

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