18 days in Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Urgup, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
2
Istanbul
— 10 nights
3
Selcuk
— 5 nights

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Guray Museum, browse the exhibits of Chez Galip, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park, then have fun at Naile Art Gallery, and finally stop by Alaturca Taner. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of La Maison du Kilim, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Gore Harabeleri, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and finally explore the galleries of Kapadokya Ebru Sanat Evi.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Urgup trip builder site.

Doha, Qatar to Urgup is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Doha in January: high temperatures in Urgup hover around 5°C and lows are around -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Urgup

Shopping · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Uchisar, Avanos, Goreme National Park, Gore Harabeleri
Highlights from your plan
Alaturca Taner ©
Alaturca Taner
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Gore Harabeleri ©
Gore Harabeleri

10
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.
Hagia Sophia Museum and Galata Tower will appeal to history buffs. Topkapi Palace and Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take a stroll through Sultanahmet District, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, and view the masterpieces at Constantine Art Gallery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Istanbul, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Urgup to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Urgup in January: highs in Istanbul hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

5
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 a sense of the local culture at Ancient City of Ephesus and Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). For shopping fun, head to Sultan Carpet and Kilim or Fusion Outlet Center. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis, don't miss a visit to Arcadian Way, get to know the fascinating history of Mermerli Yol, and contemplate the long history of Public Latrine.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk road trip site.

Getting from Istanbul to Selcuk by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Istanbul in January since evenings lows in Selcuk dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · 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

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