13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

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13 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly:  16​h
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Karachi

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner .

Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Karachi to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Karachi in April, things will get much colder in Istanbul: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

2
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 18th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, stroll through Pamukkale Natural Park, steep yourself in history at Hierapolis & Pamukkale, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cleopatra Pools, then contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, and finally stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Road to Pamukkale, delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, then get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip tool .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Laodikeia
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Balloon Rides

3
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Family-friendly places like Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center and Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki will thrill your kids. When in Goreme, make a side trip to see Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu, approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by Alaturca Taner, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, and explore the galleries of Goreme Acikhava Muzesi.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme online day trip planner .

Getting from Pamukkale to Goreme by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar, Ortahisar, Bezirhane Pottery, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center ©
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center

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