12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 4 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Istanbul

Queen of Cities

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.
Head to Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Streetfor some retail therapy. Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia and Suleymaniye Cami are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Ortakoy, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and explore the galleries of Galata Tower.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip builder website.

Los Angeles, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 11 hour difference. In August in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Hagia Sophia ©
Must see
Hagia Sophia
4.7
Topkapi Palace ©
Must see
Topkapi Palace
4.4

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Pamukkale

Cotton Castle

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 21st (Fri): delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, then get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, and then take a stroll through Karahayit. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Guney Selalesi, delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Hierapolis ©
Must see
Hierapolis
4.7
Laodikeia
Ruin
Laodikeia
4.7

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Goreme National Park and Kocabag Winery. Uchisar Castle and Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, do a tasting at Turasan Sarapcilik, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme road trip app.

Getting from Pamukkale to Goreme by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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©
Must see
Off-Road Tours
4.8
Goreme National Park ©
World heritage site
Goreme National Park
4.8
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Balloon Ride
Balloon Rides
4.8

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