15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip itinerary planner

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Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
Fly
3
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive
5
Basiskele
— 1 night
Drive
6
Cinarcik
— 1 night
Drive to Istanbul Airport, Fly to King Fahd International Airport

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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.
Let the collections at Topkapi Palace and Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, and explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul vacation tool.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Dammam in February: highs in Istanbul hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Balloon Rides and Fairy Chimneys. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Goreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Alaturca Taner, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, and admire the masterpieces at Guray Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Goreme trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect cooler evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in February, with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 16th (Tue), stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Here are some ideas for day two: push the limits with an extreme tour, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then soar above the sights with Pamukkale Balloons.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale travel site.

You can fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, then surround yourself with nature on Troy Tours, then delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, and finally explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Selcuk trip maker.

Getting from Pamukkale to Selcuk by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Selcuk are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Basiskele.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Basiskele

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Basiskele trip planner.

Drive from Selcuk to Basiskele in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In February, daily temperatures in Basiskele can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Cinarcik.

Things to do in Basiskele

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Cinarcik

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Ataturk Kosku and then hike along Delmece Yaylasi.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Cinarcik attractions planner.

You can drive from Basiskele to Cinarcik in 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Basiskele in February since evenings lows in Cinarcik dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cinarcik

Wildlife · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · History Museums · 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.