10 days in Basrah & Turkey Itinerary

10 days in Basrah & Turkey Itinerary

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10 days in Basrah & Turkey Itinerary

Start: Basrah, Iraq
1
Basrah, Iraq
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
3
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
4
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
5
Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Basrah, Iraq

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Basrah, Iraq

Basrah ©
On the 11th (Wed), gain insight at University of Basrah and then don't miss a visit to Basra Times Square.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Basrah road trip planning tool .

If you are flying in from Iraq, the closest major airport is Basrah International Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Basrah can reach 51°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.
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Basra Times Square ©
Basra Times Square
University of Basrah ©
University of Basrah

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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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Istanbul route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Basrah to Istanbul. When traveling from Basrah in September, plan for much colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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Goreme, Turkey

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then stop by Turquoise Rugs & Bags. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in September, expect nights in Goreme to be slightly colder, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, then head outdoors with Pamukkale Balloons, and then Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale journey planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, delve into the distant past at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Selcuk tour builder app .

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping
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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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