17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

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17 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  17​h
1
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Goreme
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Antalya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Alanya
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Kas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Shop till you drop at Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Street. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planning tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Istanbul is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Vancouver to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in September, with highs in Istanbul at 26°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) and Uchisar Castle. Take a break from the city and head to Goreme National Park and Gulludere Vadisi. Change things up with a short trip to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, stop by Chez Bircan Pottery, learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, and explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Goreme travel planning site .

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Istanbul in October: highs in Goreme hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uchisar, Chez Bircan Pottery, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Ortahisar Abdioglu Camii, Balloon Rides
Highlights from your plan
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ancient Theater and Antalya Muzesi. Get in touch with nature at Cirali Beach and Duden Waterfalls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antalya: Aspendos Ruins and Theater (in Serik) and Side Museum (in Side). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City and contemplate the long history of Hadrian's Gate.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Antalya trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Antalya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Antalya: highs are around 31°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Alanya.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Manavgat, Aspendos Ruins and Theater, Cirali Beach
Highlights from your plan
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Alanya Kalesi, then brush up on your military savvy at Red Tower, then Head underground at Dim Cave, and finally admire the sheer force of Dimcay.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Alanya vacation builder app .

Traveling by car from Antalya to Alanya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Alanya

Parks Nature Museums
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 9th (Wed): kick back and relax at Kaputas Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Patara Plajı, explore the ancient world of Patara Antik Kenti, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kas trip planning tool .

You can drive from Alanya to Kas in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kas can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Patara, Church of St. Nicholas
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Patara Plajı ©
Patara Plajı

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag, stop by Soap Lady Oludeniz, then soak in style at Turkish baths, and finally mingle with the ghosts of the past at Kayakoy.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Kas to Oludeniz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Oludeniz are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Babadag ©
Babadag
Soap Lady Oludeniz ©
Soap Lady Oludeniz

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 12th (Sat): look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Curetes Street, then delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis, then examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of The Basilica of Saint John.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Selcuk route planner.

Drive from Oludeniz to Selcuk in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

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

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