8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
— 1 night
— 1 night
— 1 night
Drive to Dalaman International Airport, Fly to Istanbul Airport
— 3 nights


Goreme, Cappadocia

— 1 night
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.
On the 19th (Wed), appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then browse the exhibits of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

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Istanbul to Goreme is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in May, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks
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— 1 night

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 take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gokova.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours
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— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): get great views at Sakartepe Seyir Terasi and then take in the pleasant sights at Asiklar Yolu.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Gokova sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Gokova in 2.5 hours. In May in Gokova, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Akyaka.
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— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): go for a stroll along the water at Akyaka Liman, explore the different monuments and memorials at Azmak Kaya MezarlarI, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Azmak Nehri.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Akyaka online road trip planner.

Akyaka is very close to Gokova. May in Akyaka sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Akyaka

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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— 3 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: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum, and explore the galleries of Galata Tower.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul route planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Akyaka to Istanbul. Traveling from Akyaka in May, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Turkey travel guide

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.

Mugla Province travel guide

Beaches · Nightlife · Bodies of Water
Muğla Province boasts a handful of large holiday resorts, complete with fantastic beaches and a broad array of water sports in the pristine blue sea. Crisp, white buildings and traditional Greek- and Turkish-style wooden houses dot the rolling hills. Quaint streets and historical monuments are preserved in their original state, including the World Heritage Site of Letoon. The province's history dates back to 3000 BCE, so take the opportunity to explore its many ancient ruins and monuments.