11 days in Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Turkey Itinerary

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11 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  4​h
1
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
3
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Berlin

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 museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul sightseeing planning website .

Berlin, Germany to Istanbul is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Berlin to Istanbul is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

3
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

Goreme ©
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, enjoy some diversion at Naile Art Gallery, stop by Alaturca Taner, and take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for little chillier nights in Goreme, with lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Bezirhane Pottery, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Alaturca Taner
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then walk around Bagbasi Mesire Yeri. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Bagbasi Mesire Yeri
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Balloon Rides

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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.
On the 19th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally stop by La Tulip Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Byzantine acquaducts, don't miss a visit to Curetes Street, and then delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites 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

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