17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
2
Ankara
— 1 night
3
Istanbul
— 3 nights
4
Pamukkale
— 1 night
5
Oludeniz
— 2 nights
6
Selcuk
— 1 night
7
Izmir
— 3 nights
8
Uchisar, Cappadocia
— 3 nights

1
night
Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
On the 20th (Tue), appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme trip planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Goreme is an approximately 10-hour flight. In August, Goreme is cooler than Kuwait City - with highs of 38°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Royal Balloon ©
Royal Balloon
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Gulludere Vadisi ©
Gulludere Vadisi

1
night
Ankara

Ankara ©
Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tacettin Sultan Cami, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, then learn more about the world around you at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, then admire the landmark architecture of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii), and finally get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ankara trip maker.

You can take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Goreme, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Ankara, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Anitkabir ©
Anitkabir
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi ©
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Istanbul online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Ankara to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Ankara in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
On the 26th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

Discover how to plan a Pamukkale trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Oludeniz, kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Downtown Fethiye and then take in the awesome beauty at Babadag.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Oludeniz trip planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Oludeniz by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Fethiye
Highlights from your plan
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Babadag ©
Babadag
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
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 (Thu): stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Selcuk tour builder app.

You can drive from Oludeniz to Selcuk in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Izmir.

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

3
nights
Izmir

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): visit Alsancak, then take in the waterfront at Kordonboyu, then buy something for everyone on your list at Forum Bornova, and finally wander the streets of Kemeralti Market. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Tarihi Asansor, stroll around Konak Square, make a trip to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), then explore the ancient world of Agora Open Air Museum, and finally walk around Izmir Wild Life Park.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Izmir sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Izmir takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Selcuk in August, with highs in Izmir at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uchisar.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Izmir Wild Life Park ©
Izmir Wild Life Park
Basilica of St. Jonh ©
Basilica of St. Jonh
Kordonboyu ©
Kordonboyu

3
nights
Uchisar, Cappadocia

Uchisar ©
Enjoy the best views of Capaddocia at Uchisar, home to a rock citadel at the area's highest point.
On the 2nd (Mon), admire the verdant scenery at Red Valley, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Uchisar Castle. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, make a trip to Kaymakli Underground City, then Head underground at Selime Monastery, and finally stroll through Kaymakli.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Uchisar trip tool.

You can fly from Izmir to Uchisar in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Izmir in September: highs in Uchisar hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uchisar

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nevsehir, Derinkuyu, Selime Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Kaymakli Underground City ©
Kaymakli Underground City

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