18 days in Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Selcuk
— 1 night
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
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Fethiye
— 2 nights
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Kas
— 2 nights
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Alanya
— 2 nights
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Antalya
— 2 nights
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Urgup, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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Istanbul
— 3 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, explore the ancient world of Arcadian Way, delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus. On your second day here, stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, explore the ancient world of The Basilica of Saint John, then delve into the distant past at Curetes Street, then see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and finally cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk online itinerary planner.

Newark, USA to Selcuk is an approximately 16-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Newark to Selcuk, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in December, you will find days in Selcuk are a bit warmer (15°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your trip
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Specialty Museum
Ephesus Museum
4.6

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Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©

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 26th (Sat), take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, walk around Pamukkale Natural Park, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale day trip tool.

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fethiye.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Highlights from your trip
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World heritage site
Hierapolis
4.7
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World heritage site
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
4.4

2
nights
Fethiye

Fethiye ©
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Dalyan Nehri. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, visit Fethiye Harbour, and then stop by Old Town.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fethiye trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Fethiye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Fethiye can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Fethiye

Parks · Nature · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Water Body
Dalyan Nehri
4.3
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Neighborhood
Old Town
4.4

2
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Kas

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 29th (Tue): choose your vessel at Dennis Boat - Private or Daily Tours, then explore the galleries of Tugra Art Gallery, then stop by Mencilis Art Silver, and finally kick back and relax at Kaputas Beach. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kas trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Fethiye to Kas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Kas sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Alanya.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Transportation
Highlights from your trip
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.6
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Art Gallery
Tugra Art Gallery
4.7

2
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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 31st (Thu): learn about all things military at Kizilkule, make a trip to Alanya Shipyard, take in the pleasant sights at Alanya LimanI, then explore the historical opulence of Alanya Kalesi, and finally stroll around 100. Yil Ataturk Parki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Dim Cave, take in the dramatic scenery at Dimcay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kleopatra Beach, and finally walk around Kedi Evi.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Alanya road trip website.

You can drive from Kas to Alanya in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Alanya

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip
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Cave
Dim Cave
4.3
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Military Museum
Kizilkule
4.5
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Scenic Walking Area
Alanya LimanI
4.4

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, explore the ancient world of Perge Ancient City, then take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, and finally examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): explore the ancient world of Termessos Ruins, explore the ancient world of Aspendos Ruins and Theater, and then delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Antalya itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Alanya to Antalya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

2
nights
Urgup, Cappadocia

Urgup ©
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, then explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), make a trip to Kaymakli Underground City, stroll through Uchisar Castle, admire the striking features of Ortahisar Abdioglu Camii, then take a pleasant ride with Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, and finally appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Urgup day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Antalya to Urgup takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antalya in January, things will get a bit cooler in Urgup: highs are around 5°C and lows about -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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World heritage site
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
4.8
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Balloon Ride
Balloon Rides
4.7

3
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Istanbul

Istanbul ©

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rahmi M. Koc Museum and Chora Museum. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip maker app.

Fly from Urgup to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Urgup in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Hagia Sophia
4.7
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History Museum
Topkapi Palace
4.4

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