10 days in Turkey Itinerary

10 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
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Pamukkale
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Istanbul

— 4 nights

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul vacation planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in April, things will get a bit cooler in Istanbul: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 20:

Pamukkale

— 2 nights

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.
On the 21st (Wed), explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: push the limits with an extreme tour and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip itinerary maker.

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 (Thu) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 nights
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 23rd (Fri): see Off-Road Tours, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Goreme National Park, and finally look for gifts at Arts & Crafts Cappadocia.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme day trip site.

You can fly from Pamukkale to Goreme in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.