15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Selcuk
— 1 night
Train
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Bus
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Fethiye
— 3 nights
Bus
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Antalya
— 2 nights
Bus
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Konya
— 1 night
Bus
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Istanbul
— 4 nights

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Selcuk

— 1 night
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Selcuk road trip planning tool.

Istanbul to Selcuk is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in July, expect nights in Selcuk to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 41°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale road trip website.

You can take a train from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Fethiye

— 3 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Fethiye Museum, wander the streets of Old Town, and then take a memorable excursion with Gunay 1 Sailing Gocek.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Fethiye driving holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Pamukkale to Fethiye takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Fethiye, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Antalya.

Things to do in Fethiye

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): stroll around Karaalioglu Park and then examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate, admire the striking features of Yivli Minaret Mosque, see the interesting displays at Ataturk House & Museum, then see the interesting displays at Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and finally admire the sheer force of Kursunlu Waterfalls.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya trip itinerary builder tool.

You can take a bus from Fethiye to Antalya in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Antalya are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Tue) before leaving for Konya.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Konya

— 1 night

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Mevlana Muzesi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alaeddin Mosque, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapu Camii.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Konya trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Antalya to Konya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Antalya in July, with highs in Konya at 36°C and lows at 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Wed) before leaving for Goreme.

Things to do in Konya

Museums · Historic Sites

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Red Valley, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys. Keep things going the next day: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, stroll through Kaymakli, steep yourself in history at Zelve Open Air Museum, step into the grandiose world of Uchisar Castle, then Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Goreme vacation site.

Getting from Konya to Goreme by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Fri) before leaving for Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Istanbul

— 4 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.
Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia Mosque and Sultan Ahmed Mosque are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Ortakoy and Emirgan Park. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, hunt for treasures at Carsamba Pazari, wander the streets of Eyup, and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip planning website.

You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in July, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are a bit warmer (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nightlife

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.