16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Urgup, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
5
Oludeniz
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Melbourne

4
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Suleymaniye Cami . Popular historic sites such as Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Historic Areas of Istanbul are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Istanbul tour planning website .

Melbourne, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

1
night
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
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 11th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Pamukkale online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Laodikeia
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Laodikeia ©
Laodikeia

3
nights
Selcuk

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ancient City of Ephesus and Bibliotheque de Celsus. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu and Ephesus Terrace Houses. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), make a trip to Byzantine acquaducts, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and stop by La Tulip Art Gallery.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Selcuk can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

2
nights
Urgup, Cappadocia

Urgup ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Gore Harabeleri, then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Urgup travel route builder site .

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Urgup takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Selcuk in April: high temperatures in Urgup hover around 22°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Goreme, Gore Harabeleri, Kocabag Winery
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Gore Harabeleri ©
Gore Harabeleri
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme

3
nights
Oludeniz

Oludeniz ©
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 17th (Fri), kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Lycian Rock Tombs, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dalyan Cami, and then explore the ancient world of Kaunos.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Oludeniz trip planner .

Getting from Urgup to Oludeniz by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Urgup in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Oludeniz. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Dalyan, Fethiye Kalesi
Highlights from your plan
Kaunos ©
Kaunos
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Lycian Rock Tombs ©
Lycian Rock Tombs

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