10 days in Turkey Itinerary

10 days in Turkey Itinerary

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10 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  14​h
1
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Pamukkale
— 1 night
3
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Singapore

5
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 Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) are in your itinerary. Do your shopping at Kapali Carsi and Caferaga Madrasa - Handicrafts Center. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, take a stroll through Ortakoy, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Istanbul is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Istanbul is minus 5 hours. In December, Istanbul is colder than Singapore - with highs of 7°C and lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis & Pamukkale, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and finally contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale attractions planner .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, don't miss a visit to Arcadian Way, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally delve into the distant past at The Terrace Houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, explore the ancient world of Curetes Street, explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, then explore the ancient world of Heracles Gate, and finally explore the historical opulence of Keci Kalesi.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk visit planning tool .

Getting from Pamukkale to Selcuk by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Selcuk sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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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