7 days in Turkey Itinerary

7 days in Turkey Itinerary

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7 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Antakya
Fly + Drive:  5​h
1
Selcuk
— 1 night
2
Pamukkale
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
End: Antakya

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery and then examine the collection at Ephesus Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, and finally delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk day trip app .

Antakya to Selcuk is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Selcuk when traveling from Antakya in August, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

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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

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

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

3
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), admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul travel route builder site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. August in Istanbul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Goreme.

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
night
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 17th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Goreme day trip planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in August, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

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Balloon Rides
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©

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