15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Selcuk
— 1 night
Fly
4
Ankara
— 1 night
Bus
5
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
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Istanbul

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hagia Sophia and Galata Tower. Do your shopping at Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Caddesi. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, take a stroll through Ortakoy, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip maker tool.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Istanbul. Traveling from Johannesburg in March, you will find days in Istanbul are cooler (14°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

2
nights
Pamukkale

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Pamukkale driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): catch all the local highlights with Troy Tours, then look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip maker site.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

1
night
Ankara

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
On the 3rd (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, explore the world behind art at 8 Hubb Art Gallery, and then take an in-depth tour of Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ankara trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Ankara takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Selcuk, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ankara, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can take a bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Shopping

5
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Goreme National Park and Goreme Open-Air Museum. Next up on the itinerary: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, see Off-Road Tours, and admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme tour itinerary app.

Traveling by bus from Ankara to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Ankara in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Turkey travel guide

4.5
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.