14 days in Turkey Itinerary

14 days in Turkey Itinerary

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14 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Izmir
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg


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3
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Love Valley and Guray Museum. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Sunset Point, explore the world behind art at Naile Art Gallery, get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Goreme is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Goreme due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in Goreme reach 6°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Uchisar, Guray Museum, Cappadocia Art & History Museum
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Walking tours
Love Valley ©
Love Valley
Sunset Point ©
Sunset Point

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tripolis Antik Kenti and Bagbasi Mesire Yeri. Change things up with these side-trips from Pamukkale: Buldan Suleymanli Yayla (in Buldan) and Keloglan Magarasi (in Denizli). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Ornaz Vadisi, do a tasting at Pamukkale Winery, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip planner.

Getting from Goreme to Pamukkale by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Denizli, Buldan Suleymanli Yayla
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Guney Selalesi ©
Guney Selalesi
Pamukkale Winery ©
Pamukkale Winery
Balloon Rides

2
nights
Izmir

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
On the 22nd (Sun), contemplate the long history of Birgi Cakiraga Mansion, brush up on your military savvy at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu, and then browse the exhibits of Arkas Art Center.

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You can drive from Pamukkale to Izmir in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, daytime highs in Izmir are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Arkas Art Center ©
Arkas Art Center

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fatih Mosque and Complex and Balloon Rides. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Istanbul: Green Tomb (in Bursa) and Green Mosque (Yesil Camii) (in Iznik). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Halic, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pierre Loti Tepesi, get your game on at Tuzak, and contemplate the long history of Little Hagia Sophia.

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Getting from Izmir to Istanbul by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. December in Istanbul sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 7°C at night. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Green Tomb, Green Mosque (Yesil Camii)
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Fatih Mosque and Complex ©
Fatih Mosque and Complex
Green Tomb ©
Green Tomb
Halic ©
Halic

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