15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Izmir
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
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Antalya
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
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Izmir

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hisar Mosque.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Izmir tour builder tool.

Cape Town, South Africa to Izmir is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town to Izmir, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Izmir

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Selcuk

— 2 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Trajan's Fountain, explore the ancient world of Grotto of the Seven Sleepers, then delve into the distant past at Magnesia Antik Kenti, then examine the collection at Camlik Locomotive Museum, and finally stop by La Tulip Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then explore the ancient world of Fountain of Pollio, and finally explore the ancient world of Memmius Monument.

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Drive from Izmir to Selcuk in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Izmir in September, with highs in Selcuk at 36°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Pamukkale

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Kirmizi su, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ornaz Vadisi, and then stroll around Camlik Mesire Yeri.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Antalya

— 2 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.
On the 10th (Fri), kick back and relax at Mermerli Beach, examine the collection at Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum, then stop by Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, and finally visit Ataturk Boulevard. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then admire the striking features of Yivli Minaret Mosque.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Antalya online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Antalya in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Antalya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Zemi Valley and Peri Bacalari. Goreme National Park and Özkonak Underground City are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Zelve Open Air Museum, see Off-Road Tours, admire the masterpieces at Guray Museum, and ride a horse along Lucky Horse Ranch.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Goreme road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Antalya to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, Goreme is slightly colder than Antalya - with highs of 33°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
On the 15th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , then admire the landmark architecture of Serefiye Sarnici, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihrimah Sultan Camii. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pierre Loti Tepesi, delve into the distant past at Historic Areas of Istanbul Walls, then get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nuruosmaniye Camii.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in September, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums

Turkey travel guide

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Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.