11 days in Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Turkey Itinerary

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11 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Islamabad
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Istanbul
— 6 nights
bus:  8​h 30​min
2
Goreme
— 1 night
Bus:  11​h 15​min
3
Pamukkale
— 1 day
train:  4​h 30​min
4
Istanbul
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Islamabad

6
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: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online journey builder .

Islamabad, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Islamabad to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Islamabad in January, you will find days in Istanbul are little chillier (10°C), and nights are a bit warmer (10°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time 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

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Thu), get outside with Outdoor Activities, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, then make a trip to Bezirhane Pottery, and finally admire the masterpieces at Naile Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then get engrossed in the history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Goreme day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in January, expect nights in Goreme to be colder, around -4°C, while days are little chillier, around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bezirhane Pottery, Naile Art Gallery, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Off-Road Tours
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides

1
day
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 25th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Guney Selalesi, take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale travel route planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Guney Selalesi
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Guney Selalesi ©
Guney Selalesi

1
night
Istanbul

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planner.

You can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours Museums
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Walking tours
Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi ©
Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi

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