10 days in Basrah & Turkey Itinerary

10 days in Basrah & Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Basrah, Iraq
— 1 day
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
3
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
4
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
5
Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights

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day
Basrah, Iraq

Basrah ©
On the 11th (Wed), gain insight at University of Basrah and then make a trip to Basra Times Square.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Basrah road trip planning website.

If you are flying in from Iraq, the closest major aiport is Basrah International Airport. In September, plan for daily highs up to 51°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.
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Basra Times Square ©
Basra Times Square
University of Basrah ©
University of Basrah

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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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

For photos and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Basrah to Istanbul with the Route module. Traveling from Basrah in September, expect nights in Istanbul to be little chillier, around 26°C, while days are cooler, 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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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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nights
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): Head underground at 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 get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme tour itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church, then get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale travel route planning website.

You can fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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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.
On the 19th (Thu), delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read Selcuk journey maker website.

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 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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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

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