17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly
2
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
3
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive
4
Marmaris
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Taxi to Fethiye, Bus to Antalya
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Antalya
— 1 night
Fly
7
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
Drive to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Fly to Lahore

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Istanbul

— 5 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Head to Kapali Carsi and Jennifer's Hamamfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul attractions planner.

Lahore, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lahore to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lahore in May, expect Istanbul to be much colder, temps between 25°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Pamukkale

— 1 night

Cotton Castle

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 4th (Fri), witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale online travel planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Pamukkale by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Adventure

Selcuk

— 1 night
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
On the 5th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Selcuk sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Selcuk sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping

Marmaris

— 3 nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Icmeler Beach and Marmaris Beach. Step out of Marmaris to go to Dalyan and see Iztuzu Beach 2, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Marmaris Marina, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Trust Gold & Diamond Jewellery, and step into the grandiose world of Marmaris Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Marmaris online travel planner.

Drive from Selcuk to Marmaris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Marmaris sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oludeniz

— 1 night
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 9th (Wed): look for gifts at Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Oludeniz day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Oludeniz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Oludeniz, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Spas

Side Trip

Antalya

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, then take a stroll through Kaleici, then stop by Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, and finally admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya day trip site.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Oludeniz to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Antalya can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 4 nights
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.
Goreme is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, stroll through Uchisar Castle, and get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Goreme driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Antalya to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, Goreme is little chillier than Antalya - with highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.