15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 5 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oludeniz
— 1 night
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Istanbul

— 5 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.
Family-friendly places like Hagia Sophia Mosque and Basilica Cistern will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Istanbul is 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in August, things will get little chillier in Istanbul: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping

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.
Step out of Goreme to go to Derinkuyu and see Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, get great views at Goreme Panorama, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Gore Harabeleri.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Goreme trip planning site.

Fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in September: highs in Goreme hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to fly to Selcuk.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Selcuk

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Ancient City of Ephesus and Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), explore the ancient world of Public Latrine, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, and stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip planner.

Fly from Goreme to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Selcuk, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping

Pamukkale

— 2 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.
On the 8th (Wed), push the limits with an extreme tour, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale tour itinerary site.

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) so you can drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Oludeniz

— 1 night
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
On the 10th (Fri), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oludeniz PlajI, and then stop by Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz road trip app.

Getting from Pamukkale to Oludeniz by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Oludeniz sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Turkey travel guide

4.4
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.