29 days in Turkey Itinerary

29 days in Turkey Itinerary

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29 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Recife
Fly + Drive:  23 h 45 min
1
Selcuk
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h
3
Guzelyurt
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Goreme
— 7 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Istanbul
— 10 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Recife

6
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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, look for gifts at Sultan Carpet and Kilim, take an in-depth tour of Turkish Bath Museum, and see the interesting displays at TCDD Tren Muzesi.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Selcuk trip itinerary tool.

Recife, Brazil to Selcuk is an approximately 24- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Recife in December, things will get cooler in Selcuk: highs are around 15°C and lows about 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
Ephesus Museum ©
Ephesus Museum

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 16th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery. On the next day, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale planner.

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Balloon Rides

2
nights
Guzelyurt

Guzelyurt ©
On the 18th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Yeraltı Şehri, then contemplate the long history of Sivisli Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kilise Camii, and finally steep yourself in history at Guzelyurt Valley Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): appreciate the views at Ihlara Valley, Head underground at Selime Monastery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Red Church.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Guzelyurt trip planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Guzelyurt by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Goreme.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Guzelyurt Valley Monastery ©
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery
Selime Monastery ©
Selime Monastery
Kilise Camii ©
Kilise Camii

7
nights
Goreme

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Goreme: Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City) and Gomeda Vadisi (in Mustafapasa). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Alaturca Taner, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and browse the exhibits of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Goreme trip planner.

You can drive from Guzelyurt to Goreme in 1.5 hours. In December in Goreme, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar, Derinkuyu, Avanos, Gore Harabeleri
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Alaturca Taner ©
Alaturca Taner

10
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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Museum, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul journey maker app.

Getting from Goreme to Istanbul by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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