12 days in Istanbul & Pamukkale Itinerary

12 days in Istanbul & Pamukkale Itinerary

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12 days in Istanbul & Pamukkale Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  14 h
1
Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
2
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  26 h
End: Chicago

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hagia Irene Museum, Gulhane Park and Sultanahmet District. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, wander the streets of Taksim Square, and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

Make your Istanbul itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Chicago, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Istanbul is 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Guney Selalesi, then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Aphrodisias and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pamukkale journey maker website.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Guney Selalesi, Aphrodisias
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

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