15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip itinerary planner

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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manavgat
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antalya
— 3 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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Istanbul

— 3 nights

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: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul travel itinerary planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairo in August: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Pamukkale

— 3 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pamukkale: Denizli (Keloglan Magarasi & Sakligol) and Lake Salda (in Burdur). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, visit Karahayit, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manavgat.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Manavgat

— 2 nights
Nestled between the Taurus Mountains and the sun-kissed beaches of the Mediterranean coastline, Manavgat serves as a regional center of tourism, offering easy access to a long stretch of sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Vespasianus Aniti, then examine the collection at Side Museum, then explore the ancient world of Ancient Theater, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Temple of Apollo. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Manavgat Waterfall, then explore the ancient world of Aspendos Ruins and Theater, and then boost your wellbeing at Q Spa & Wellness.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Manavgat trip planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Manavgat by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Manavgat are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Manavgat

Historic Sites · Spas · Baths · Museums

Side Trip

Antalya

— 3 nights
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Step out of Antalya with an excursion to The Land of Legends Theme Park in Kadriye--about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stop by Kaleici, explore the wide array of goods at Balon Park, go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, and look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Antalya trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manavgat to Antalya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Theme Parks · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Goreme to Derinkuyu to see Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, see Off-Road Tours, look for gifts at Arts & Crafts Cappadocia, and stroll through Goreme National Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Goreme trip maker app.

Getting from Antalya to Goreme by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Antalya in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Goreme, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.5
History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.