10 days in Turkey Itinerary

10 days in Turkey Itinerary

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10 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Selcuk
— 2 nights
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Dublin

2
nights
Selcuk

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 1st (Sun): look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, then steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Byzantine acquaducts, then explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, then explore the ancient world of Curetes Street, and finally explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip itinerary maker tool .

Dublin, Ireland to Selcuk is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Dublin to Selcuk. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in November; daily highs in Selcuk reach 22°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church, then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale planner .

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): browse the handmade items at Naile Art Gallery- Cappadocia Ebru Art Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, then stop by Arts & Crafts Cappadocia, and finally go for a walk through Gore Harabeleri.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Goreme online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

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Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Gore Harabeleri
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

3
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 museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Goreme in December, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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