14 days in Turkey Itinerary

14 days in Turkey Itinerary

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14 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Lahore
Fly + Drive:  17​h
1
Selcuk
— 2 nights
2
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
4
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Lahore

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.
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, stop by Celsus Ceramic, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and get to know the fascinating history of Mermerli Yol.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Selcuk trip planning site .

Lahore, Pakistan to Selcuk is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Lahore to Selcuk is minus 2 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Lahore in April: high temperatures in Selcuk hover around 25°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

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

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.
Step out of Pamukkale to go to Geyre and see Aphrodisias, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, get interesting insight from Tours, get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, and contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale day trip app .

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Laodikeia, Aphrodisias
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Balloon Rides

3
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.
Goreme is known for nature, museums, historic sites, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, and head outdoors with Honey Valley, Goreme Turkey.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Goreme trip maker .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Peri Bacalari
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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: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Goreme in April since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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