15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey itinerary planner

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive
5
Basiskele
— 1 night
Drive
6
Cinarcik
— 1 night
Drive to İstanbul Airport, Fly to Dammam

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hagia Sophia and Galata Tower. For shopping fun, head to Kapali Carsi or Mısır Çarşısı. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and explore the galleries of Rumeli Fortress.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Dammam in April; daily highs in Istanbul reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to fly 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.
Goreme National Park and Goreme Open-Air Museum will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Balloon Rides and Fairy Chimneys. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Uchisar Castle, appreciate the views at Peri Bacalari, explore the world behind art at Guray Museum, and don't miss a visit to Zemi Valley.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Goreme vacation planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in April, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in Goreme. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can fly 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then get outside with Pamukkale Balloons.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, then deepen your understanding of the past and present with Troy Tours, then explore the ancient world of Public Latrine, and finally delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk day trip app.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Basiskele.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Basiskele

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Basiskele trip website.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Basiskele takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Selcuk in April; daily highs in Basiskele reach 22°C and lows reach 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cinarcik.

Things to do in Basiskele

Nature · Wildlife · Parks

Cinarcik

— 1 night
On the 18th (Sun), examine the collection at Ataturk Kosku and then hike along Delmece Yaylasi.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cinarcik trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Basiskele to Cinarcik takes 2 hours. Traveling from Basiskele in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 10°C in Cinarcik. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cinarcik

Trails · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.