15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
2
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Selcuk
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5 h
4
Avanos
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Mumbai

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.
Attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultanahmet District make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul day trip planning app .

Mumbai, India to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Istanbul is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Mumbai in May, things will get much colder in Istanbul: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

3
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in breathtaking views at Ulubey Canyon, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then admire the sheer force of Guney Selalesi.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Guney Selalesi, Ulubey Canyon, Aphrodisias
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Ulubey Canyon ©
Ulubey Canyon
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque, and cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Selcuk holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Selcuk sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Avanos.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sirince Koyu
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA ©
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus

2
nights
Avanos

Avanos ©
Situated along the Kızılırmak (Red River), the ancient town of Avanos is famous for its many historical pottery factories.
Avanos is known for shopping, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vaftizci Yahya Kilisesi, don't miss a visit to Avanos Oren Yeri, and take an in-depth tour of Zelve Open Air Museum.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Avanos journey builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Selcuk to Avanos. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Selcuk in May: high temperatures in Avanos hover around 27°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Avanos

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Nevsehir, Vaftizci Yahya Kilisesi
Highlights from your plan
Zelve Open Air Museum ©
Zelve Open Air Museum
Balloon Rides
Peri Bacalari ©
Peri Bacalari

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