15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

5
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.
Step out of Goreme to go to Derinkuyu and see Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, which is approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag, see Off-Road Tours, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Goreme trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Goreme is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Goreme is minus 2.5 hours. Traveling from New Delhi in December, expect Goreme to be cooler, temps between °C and °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Avanos, Uchisar, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Gore Harabeleri, Pasabag
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri

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.
On the 7th (Mon), take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, thenpush the limits with an extreme tour, and then stroll around Bagbasi Mesire Yeri.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale travel planner.

Getting from Goreme to Pamukkale by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Bagbasi Mesire Yeri
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

7
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 historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum, take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul road trip planner.

You can fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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