16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Lahore
Fly + Drive:  17​h
1
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Palamutbuku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Dalyan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Goreme
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Lahore

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.
Get some historical perspective at Ancient City of Ephesus and Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bibliotheque de Celsus and The Temple of Artemis. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, make a trip to Byzantine acquaducts, enjoy the sand and surf at Pamucak Beach, and contemplate the long history of Public Latrine.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Selcuk trip itinerary builder .

Lahore, Pakistan to Selcuk is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Lahore to Selcuk, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lahore in June: high temperatures in Selcuk hover around 37°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Palamutbuku.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

1
night
Palamutbuku

Palamutbuku ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Palamutbükü Plajı and then enjoy the sand and surf at Akvaryum PlajI.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Palamutbuku trip maker .

You can drive from Selcuk to Palamutbuku in 4 hours. Traveling from Selcuk in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Palamutbuku. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dalyan.

Things to do in Palamutbuku

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Palamutbükü Plajı ©
Palamutbükü Plajı

1
night
Dalyan

Dalyan ©
Although it once seemed destined to become a stereotypical coastal resort, Dalyan remains unspoiled by commercial tourism because of its location within an environmentally protected area.
On the 20th (Sat), kick back and relax at Istuzu Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Dalyan Spirit Gift&Speciality Shop, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Iztuzu Beach 2.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Dalyan trip planner.

Drive from Palamutbuku to Dalyan in 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Dalyan when traveling from Palamutbuku in June, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Dalyan

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Istuzu Beach
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Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2
Dalyan Spirit Gift&Speciality Shop ©
Dalyan Spirit Gift&Speciality Shop

1
night
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 21st (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz tour itinerary planning site .

Drive from Dalyan to Oludeniz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Babadag ©
Babadag
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
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 22nd (Mon): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Kaklik Cave, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Pamukkale route builder tool .

Getting from Oludeniz to Pamukkale by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Goreme National Park and Cappadocia Cave Dwellings. Get outdoors at Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki and Lucky Horse Ranch. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Arts & Crafts Cappadocia, see Off-Road Tours, and look for all kinds of wild species at Damsa Baraji.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme vacation tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Urgup, Naile Art Gallery
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Balloon Rides

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultanahmet District. Popular historic sites such as Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Basilica Cistern are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Bentler Tabiat Parki, delve into the distant past at Valens Aqueduct, explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul day trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Goreme in June since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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