29 days in Turkey Itinerary

29 days in Turkey Itinerary

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29 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Istanbul
— 8 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
3
Selcuk
— 7 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Guzelyurt, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

8
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), hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Istanbul travel planning site .

New Delhi, India to Istanbul is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 2 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from New Delhi in February: highs in Istanbul hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Pamukkale side-trips: Blaundus Antik Kenti (in Usak), Afrodisias Museum (in Karacasu) and Aphrodisias (in Geyre). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale online route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Afrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, Blaundus Antik Kenti
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Byzantine Church ©
Byzantine Church

7
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Magnesia Antik Kenti (in Germencik), Yali Castle Aquapark (in Gumuldur) and Forum Aydin (in Aydin). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, explore the historical opulence of Keci Kalesi, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Selcuk trip planner .

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. February in Selcuk sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sirince Koyu, Magnesia Antik Kenti, Forum Aydin, Yali Castle Aquapark
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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
Guzelyurt, Cappadocia

Guzelyurt ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Derinkuyu (St.Theodore Church & Uzumlu Kilise) and Nigde (Eski Gumusler Monastery, Gumusler Monastery, & more).

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Guzelyurt day trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Selcuk to Guzelyurt. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Goreme.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Nigde, Derinkuyu
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Guzelyurt Valley Monastery ©
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery
Kilise Camii ©
Kilise Camii
Yeraltı Şehri ©
Yeraltı Şehri

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Goreme: Keslik Monastery (in Urgup), Mount Erciyes (in Kayseri) and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri (in Derinkuyu). Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, explore the striking landscape at Pasabag, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kolonlu Kilise, and Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Goreme trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Guzelyurt to Goreme in 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urgup, Derinkuyu, Nevsehir, Uchisar, Mount Erciyes
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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