8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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

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 1st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip builder .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Selcuk is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Kuwait City in August, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Selcuk: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), explore the ancient world of Hierapolis & Pamukkale, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then head outdoors with Road to Pamukkale.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale route planner .

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis

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.
Attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul attractions planner .

Getting from Pamukkale to Istanbul by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. August in Istanbul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

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 7th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), identify plant and animal life at Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Goreme online trip maker .

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in August, expect nights in Goreme to be slightly colder, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Tours

Side Trip

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

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