11 days in Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Istanbul
— 5 nights
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
3
Pamukkale
— 2 nights

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Istanbul Archaeological Museum and Rahmi M. Koc Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hagia Sophia Museum and Basilica Cistern. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, stop by Ortakoy, wander the streets of Taksim Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul online route planner.

St. Petersburg, Russia to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from St. Petersburg in September: highs in Istanbul hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Royal Balloon and Off-Road & ATV Trails. Get some cultural insight at Zelve Open Air Museum and Soganli Valley. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Zemi Valley, take in breathtaking views at Peri Bacalari, stop by Orient Bazaar, and tour in harmony with nature at Lucky Horse Ranch.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Goreme road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Goreme, with highs around 33°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 13°C. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Peri Bacalari, Soganli Valley, Zelve Open Air Museum
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Royal Balloon ©
Royal Balloon
Zelve Open Air Museum ©
Zelve Open Air Museum
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of kirmizi su, admire the sheer force of Ornaz Vadisi, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Denizli
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi ©
Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi

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