15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  10​h
1
Goreme
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pamukkale
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Dubai

3
nights
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.
Step out of Goreme to go to Derinkuyu and see Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme route builder website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Goreme is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Dubai to Goreme, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in December; daily highs in Goreme reach 6°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Uchisar Castle, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

4
nights
Istanbul

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Kapali Carsi. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul travel route tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Goreme in December since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

3
nights
Selcuk

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, shopping, theme parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, see the interesting displays at Maket Koy, and stop by Celsus Ceramic.

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You can fly from Istanbul to Selcuk in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Selcuk when traveling from Istanbul in January, with lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus

4
nights
Pamukkale

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.
Pamukkale is known for nature, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, walk around Bagbasi Mesire Yeri, contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, and head outdoors with Pamukkale Balloons.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Pamukkale online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Denizli
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave
Balloon Rides

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