28 days in Turkey & Iraq Itinerary

28 days in Turkey & Iraq Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Guzelyurt, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Karbala, Iraq
— 4 nights

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6
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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©

Queen of Cities

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, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online sightseeing planner.

Baghdad, Iraq to Istanbul is an approximately 7-hour flight. While traveling from Baghdad, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Selcuk.

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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

5
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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and stop by Lilys Authentic Art carpets and textiles shop.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Selcuk online day trip planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Selcuk by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Selcuk, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) 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)
Temple of Hadrian
Temple of Hadrian

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Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale ©

Cotton Castle

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.
Pamukkale is known for nature, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale tour itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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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.
Take a break from Goreme with a short trip to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Keslik Monastery, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and explore the galleries of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Goreme by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

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Guzelyurt, Turkey

Guzelyurt ©
Step out of Guzelyurt with an excursion to Kayaardi Baglari in Nigde--about 1h 10 min away.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Guzelyurt online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Goreme to Guzelyurt takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Karbala.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Guzelyurt Valley Monastery ©
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery
Kayaardi Baglari ©
Kayaardi Baglari
Selime Monastery ©
Selime Monastery

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Karbala, Iraq

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Change things up with these side-trips from Karbala: Kufa (Al Sahlah Great Mosque & Great Mosque of Kufa), Babylon (in Al Hillah) and Najaf (Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery & Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine and steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

Start your trip to Karbala by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Guzelyurt to Karbala. In March, daytime highs in Karbala are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Babylon ©
Babylon
Great Mosque of Kufa ©
Great Mosque of Kufa

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