16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey vacation planner

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Oludeniz
— 1 night
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Istanbul
— 6 nights
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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 1st (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Oludeniz travel itinerary planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Oludeniz is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Oludeniz due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairo in October: high temperatures in Oludeniz hover around 30°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Spas · Beaches

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale online journey planner.

You can drive from Oludeniz to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Adventure

Selcuk

— 2 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.
On the 5th (Tue), look for gifts at Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop and then see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and then steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Selcuk day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Goreme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

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.
Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. There's much more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, see Off-Road Tours, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Uchisar Castle.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme road trip planning app.

Getting from Selcuk to Goreme by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Selcuk in October, with highs in Goreme at 24°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Istanbul

— 6 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, and take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum.

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

Getting from Goreme to Istanbul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Goreme, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

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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.