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7 Days in Turkey in January: Itinerary Help!

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7 Days in Turkey in January: Itinerary Help!

Hello all,

I'm planning a trip with my girlfriend to Turkey during the last week of January (Jan 25 to Feb 1). We will likely arrive in Istanbul the afternoon of Saturday Jan 25th and depart on Saturday the 1st or Sunday the 2nd, so we'll have 7-8 days total.

It's both of our first times visiting Turkey, and we're trying to structure our trip. We're thinking 3-4 days in Istanbul, 2-3 days in Cappadocia, and then we also really wanted to see Pamukkale.

Do we have enough time for all 3? How much time do we need in both Istanbul and Cappadocia? Are the thermal pools in Pamukkale worth spending a day to see? Are there any places we're forgetting?

Thanks so much for your help!

-Bryan

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1. Re: 7 Days in Turkey in January: Itinerary Help!

You could squeeze in all 3. The thermal pools in Pamukkale are worth seeing. If you had more time to spend we could recommend more places but plan your trip around doing the 3 places you mentioned and maybe you may be able to squeeze in Efes.

Use this site to compare domestic flights in Turkey then book direct with the carriers site http://bulucak.com/ Despite flights being cheaper from SAW airport it is located out of the city and takes 2-3 hours to get to so you can use IST which is the main and centrally located airport of Istanbul.

Below is doable but a lot of transport involved, if your like me and like travel & adventure do it :)

Day 1, arrive IST domestic flight to Kayseri bus to Goreme (Cappadocia)

Day 2, Cappadocia

Day 3, overnight bus from Goreme to Pamukkale.

Day 4, Pamukkale afternoon bus to Selcuk (could omi Selcuk-Efes and go straight from Pamukkale to Izmir to catch a flight to Istanbul)

Day 5, Tour Efes, afternoon bus or train to Izmir fly to Istanbul

Day 6, Istanbul

Day 7, Istanbul

Alternate plan, more laid back

Day 1, arrive IST domestic flight to Kayseri bus to Goreme (Cappadocia)

Day 2, Cappadocia

Day 3, Cappadocia

Day 4, Cappadocia morning bus to Kayseri fly to Istanbul

Day 5, Istanbul

Day 6, Istanbul

Day 7, Istanbul

Good luck and hope you have fun whatever you end up doing :)

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