10 days in Turkey Itinerary

10 days in Turkey Itinerary

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10 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  11​h
1
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Oludeniz
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Lisbon

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, explore the ancient world of Arcadian Way, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally explore the ancient world of The Terrace Houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Pamucak Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Basilica of Saint John, explore the ancient world of Curetes Street, then explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, and finally delve into the distant past at Public Latrine.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip itinerary maker site .

Lisbon, Portugal to Selcuk is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Lisbon to Selcuk due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lisbon in August: high temperatures in Selcuk hover around 41°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

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night
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 13th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then explore the activities along Cleopatra Pools, and then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis & Pamukkale.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale day trip planner .

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Cleopatra Pools ©
Cleopatra Pools

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night
Oludeniz

Oludeniz ©
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): soak in style at Turkish baths, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach).

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Oludeniz trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Oludeniz takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Parasailing & Paragliding
Turkish Baths

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night
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 15th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Center, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then explore by horseback at Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Goreme trip planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Oludeniz to Goreme in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Oludeniz in August, Goreme is little chillier at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center ©
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Sultanahmet District and Basilica Cistern are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Topkapi Palace and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, shop like a local with Ikonium Studio, admire the landmark architecture of Suleymaniye Cami , and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip builder app .

You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Goreme in August, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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