16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Amman
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  6​h
1
Antalya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Alanya
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Kas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Fethiye
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Marmaris
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h
9
Goreme
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  9​h 45​min
End: Amman

2
nights
Antalya

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
On the 20th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City, then wander the streets of Aspendos Ruins and Theater, then delve into the distant past at Ancient Theater, and finally examine the collection at Side Museum.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Antalya trip planning tool .

Amman, Jordan to Antalya is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Amman to Antalya, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in Antalya, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Alanya.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Manavgat, Olympos Ruins, Cirali Beach, Aspendos Ruins and Theater
Highlights from your plan
Perge Ancient City ©
Perge Ancient City
Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater
Cirali Beach ©
Cirali Beach

1
night
Alanya

Alanya ©
A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
On the 23rd (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Dim Cave, admire the sheer force of Dimcay, don't miss a visit to Alanya Shipyard, then step into the grandiose world of Alanya Kalesi, then take in the pleasant sights at Alanya LimanI, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Red Tower.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, use the Alanya trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Antalya to Alanya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Alanya

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alanya Kalesi ©
Alanya Kalesi
Red Tower ©
Red Tower
Dim Cave ©
Dim Cave

2
nights
Kas

An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Xanthos Antik Kenti, kick back and relax at Patara Plajı, then delve into the distant past at Patara Antik Kenti, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Kekova Sound and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kas itinerary planner .

Getting from Alanya to Kas by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September in Kas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Patara, Xanthos Antik Kenti
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Patara Plajı ©
Patara Plajı

2
nights
Fethiye

Fethiye ©
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Old Town, delve into the distant past at Ancient Rock Tombes, then soak in style at Turkish baths, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Kayakoy, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Downtown Fethiye, head outdoors with Gravity Tandem Paragliding, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fethiye online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Kas to Fethiye by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Marmaris.

Things to do in Fethiye

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Gravity Tandem Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ancient Rock Tombes ©
Ancient Rock Tombes

1
night
Marmaris

Marmaris ©
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
On the 28th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Dalyan Nehri, delve into the distant past at Caunos Tombs of the Kings, then stop by Homemade By Rachel, Marmaris, and finally explore the historical opulence of Marmaris Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Marmaris road trip planner.

Drive from Fethiye to Marmaris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Marmaris are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dalyan Nehri ©
Dalyan Nehri
Caunos Tombs of the Kings ©
Caunos Tombs of the Kings
Marmaris Museum ©
Marmaris Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): delve into the distant past at The Basilica of Saint John, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate, and finally explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Curetes Street, delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis, explore the ancient world of Public Latrine, delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then get to know the fascinating history of Mermerli Yol, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of Hadrian.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk route planner.

Getting from Marmaris to Selcuk by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Selcuk are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Basilica of Saint John ©
The Basilica of Saint John
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

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 1st (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and finally take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip maker .

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and finally take a stroll through Istiklal Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take in the exciting artwork at Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi, and finally wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul route maker tool .

Getting from Pamukkale to Istanbul by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Istanbul are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

2
nights
Goreme

Goreme ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): enjoy unforgettable views with Royal Balloon, then steep yourself in history at Goreme National Park, then explore the historical opulence of Uchisar Castle, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley). On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, then appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, and then look for gifts at Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Goreme attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in October, expect nights in Goreme to be colder, around 6°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Uchisar Castle
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©

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