16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Surabaya, Indonesia
Fly:  16​h
1
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Fethiye
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Manavgat
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Antalya
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Goreme
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Surabaya, Indonesia

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Istanbul Modern. Visit Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Galata Tower for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul day trip site .

Surabaya, Indonesia to Istanbul is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time to Eastern European Time is minus 4 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Surabaya in October: highs in Istanbul hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ancient City of Ephesus and Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu. Explore hidden gems such as Bibliotheque de Celsus and Ephesus Museum. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Basilica of Saint John, delve into the distant past at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), make a trip to Curetes Street, and steep yourself in history at Public Latrine.

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

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Selcuk takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in October, Selcuk is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Public Latrine ©
Public Latrine
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 21st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church, then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and finally take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale holiday planner.

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Fethiye.

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

1
night
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 22nd (Tue): explore the ancient world of Tlos, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then see a world frozen in time at Kayakoy, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Town.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Fethiye holiday planner.

Drive from Pamukkale to Fethiye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Fethiye, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Manavgat.

Things to do in Fethiye

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Tlos ©
Tlos

1
night
Manavgat

Manavgat ©
Nestled between the Taurus Mountains and the sun-kissed beaches of the Mediterranean coastline, Manavgat serves as a regional center of tourism, offering easy access to a long stretch of sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Side Museum, explore the ancient world of Ancient Theater, and then contemplate the long history of Phaselis.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Manavgat trip maker app .

You can drive from Fethiye to Manavgat in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. October in Manavgat sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Manavgat

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Phaselis
Highlights from your plan
Side Museum ©
Side Museum
Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater
Phaselis ©
Phaselis

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 24th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Duden Waterfalls, then go for a stroll along the water at Harbour District/ Antalya Marina, then delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate, and finally examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Antalya Saat Kulesi, wander the streets of Aspendos Ruins and Theater, and then delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Antalya holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Manavgat to Antalya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Aspendos Ruins and Theater
Highlights from your plan
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi
Aspendos Ruins and Theater ©
Aspendos Ruins and Theater
Perge Ancient City ©
Perge Ancient City

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) and Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri and Fairy Chimneys. There's much more to do: Head underground at Uchisar Castle, learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip site .

You can fly from Antalya to Goreme in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antalya in October, expect Goreme to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Uchisar, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Balloon Rides
Highlights from your plan
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri

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