19 days in Turkey & Chios Town Itinerary

19 days in Turkey & Chios Town Itinerary

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19 days in Turkey & Chios Town Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis, United States
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
3
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 3 nights
4
Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
5
Chios Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Indianapolis, United States


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6
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yildiz Park as well as Misir Carsisi. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary planner .

Indianapolis, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. When traveling from Indianapolis in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 50°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
nights
Goreme, Turkey

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fairy Chimneys. Change things up with a short trip to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu (about 38 minutes away). Spend the 11th (Fri) floating through the air with a balloon tour. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, head outdoors with Honey Valley, Goreme Turkey, and explore the stunning scenery at Peri Bacalari.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect cooler evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in February, with lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Gore Harabeleri, Peri Bacalari
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

3
nights
Pamukkale, Turkey

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cleopatra Pools as well as Pamukkale Natural Park. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church, stroll around Pamukkale Natural Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Cleopatra Pools and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Pamukkale day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Byzantine Church ©
Byzantine Church

2
nights
Selcuk, Turkey

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 17th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Memmius Monument, delve into the distant past at Baths of Varius, take in the spiritual surroundings of Meryem Ana Evi, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then get engrossed in the history at Turkish Bath Museum, and finally make a trip to Byzantine acquaducts.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk trip planning website .

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Chios Town.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums
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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

2
nights
Chios Town, Greece

Chios Town ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Church of Agioi Apostoloi as well as Pyrgi. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Chios Castle and then kick back and relax at Agia Fotia Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Nea Moni Monastery, then wander the streets of Pyrgi, and then steep yourself in history at Church of Agioi Apostoloi.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Selcuk to Chios Town. Traveling from Selcuk to Chios Town, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Selcuk in February, Chios Town is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chios Town

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Chios, Church of Agioi Apostoloi
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Nea Moni Monastery ©
Nea Moni Monastery
Pyrgi ©
Pyrgi
Church of Agioi Apostoloi ©
Church of Agioi Apostoloi

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