17 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
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Istanbul — 6 nights

Queen of Cities

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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , wander the streets of Ortakoy, and explore the galleries of Galata Tower.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul holiday planning website.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Istanbul. Traveling from Dubai in December, expect Istanbul to be colder, temps between 7°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale — 3 nights

Cotton Castle

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.
Pamukkale is known for nature, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, get outside with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Dogan Onyx factory, and delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip builder tool.

You can fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Selcuk.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Selcuk — 2 nights

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 25th (Sun): examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain, and then explore the ancient world of Hercules Gate. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Selcuk tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Goreme.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Goreme, Cappadocia — 5 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Goreme to Derinkuyu to see Kaymakli Underground City about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, stop by Sirvan Carpet, get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Goreme travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Selcuk to Goreme in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Selcuk in December, expect Goreme to be little chillier, temps between 6°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Turkey travel guide

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Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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