14 days in Turkey & Kenya Itinerary

14 days in Turkey & Kenya Itinerary

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14 days in Turkey & Kenya Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  15 h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 30 min
3
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
5
Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly:  22 h 15 min
End: San Francisco, United States


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3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

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 and learn at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Istanbul Modern. Get a sense of the local culture at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Basilica Cistern. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul vacation builder website.

San Francisco, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from San Francisco to Istanbul. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in November: highs in Istanbul hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

2
nights
Goreme, Turkey

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Damsa Baraji, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and then browse the exhibits of Goreme Open-Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, head outdoors with Royal Balloon, then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and finally tour in harmony with nature at Lucky Horse Ranch.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Goreme online attractions 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 November, plan for much colder nights in Goreme, with lows around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Damsa Baraji
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Goreme Open-Air Museum ©
Goreme Open-Air Museum
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley)

1
night
Pamukkale, Turkey

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 22nd (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale online visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

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nights
Selcuk, Turkey

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 23rd (Mon): explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, then contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally contemplate the long history of Public Latrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Heracles Gate, stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Isa Bey Mosque.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Selcuk tour itinerary site.

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Selcuk sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Temple of Hadrian
Temple of Hadrian

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nights
Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi ©
You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Get a sense of the local culture at Karen Blixen Museum and Nairobi National Museum. Popular historic sites such as Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park, stroll through Giraffe Centre, browse the exhibits of Circle Art Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at Upepo Photography Gallery.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nairobi trip planner.

You can fly from Selcuk to Nairobi in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Selcuk in November, with highs in Nairobi at 75°F and lows at 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nairobi

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
Karen Blixen Museum ©
Karen Blixen Museum
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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