16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Drive to Urgup
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Urgup, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Konya
— 1 night
Fly
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nevsehir
— 3 nights
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Drive to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Fly to Dubai International Airport, Drive to Sharjah

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Urgup, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings and then explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): soar above the sights with a balloon tour and then contemplate the long history of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Urgup online holiday maker.

St. Petersburg, Russia to Urgup is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from St. Petersburg in September, expect nights in Urgup to be a bit warmer, around 13°C, while days are much warmer, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Konya.

Things to do in Urgup

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Konya

— 1 night

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
On the 19th (Thu), walk around Kultur Park Alaeddin Tepesi, explore the galleries of Mevlana Muzesi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aziziye Cami, then make a trip to Sille, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Konya trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Urgup to Konya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Konya are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Konya

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Istanbul

— 3 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: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Konya to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Konya in September: highs in Istanbul hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Selcuk

— 3 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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and don't miss a visit to Curetes Street.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk holiday builder app.

Fly from Istanbul to Selcuk in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in September, expect nights in Selcuk to be a bit cooler, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping

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 26th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nevsehir.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Nevsehir

— 3 nights
Thousands of years of civilization are visibly present at Nevsehir, a major city in Cappaddocia famously graced with fairy chimneys, carved houses, churches, and frescoes.
On the 28th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Zelve Open Air Museum, then do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaymakli, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Red Valley. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, delve into the distant past at Özkonak Underground City, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nevsehir tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Pamukkale to Nevsehir in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. September in Nevsehir sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nevsehir

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.