18 days in Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 3 nights
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Uchisar, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
3
Antalya
— 2 nights
4
Fethiye
— 2 nights
5
Pamukkale
— 1 night
6
Kusadasi
— 2 nights
7
Canakkale
— 2 nights

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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Little Hagia Sophia and Rahmi M. Koc Museum. Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia Museum and Basilica Cistern are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Halic, and take an in-depth tour of Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi).

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul visit planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Turkey Time is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in August, things will get much hotter in Istanbul: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Uchisar.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

3
nights
Uchisar, Cappadocia

Uchisar ©
Enjoy the best views of Capaddocia at Uchisar, home to a rock citadel at the area's highest point.
Take a break from the city and head to Uchisar Castle and Balloon Rides. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri and Hacibektas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Uchisar: Guzelyurt (Guzelyurt Valley Monastery & Kilise Camii), Cilehane (in Hacibektas) and Hacıbektaş Veli Müzesi (in Nevsehir). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Gore Harabeleri, do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, admire the verdant scenery at Devrent Valley, and stop by Kapadokya Onyx Stone Center.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Uchisar travel route planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Uchisar in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in August: highs in Uchisar hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Uchisar

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle
Balloon Rides

2
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cirali Beach and Lara Beach. Take a break from the city and head to TahtalI Dagi and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antalya: Side (Vespasianus Aniti, Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum), &more), Beldibi Yeni Merkez Cami (in Beldibi) and Olympos Ruins (in Olympos). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Seleukia (Lybre), take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yivli Minaret Mosque.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Antalya online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Uchisar to Antalya takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Uchisar in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Antalya, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Cirali Beach ©
Cirali Beach
Olympos Ruins ©
Olympos Ruins
Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum) ©
Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum)

2
nights
Fethiye

Fethiye ©
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Pinara Antique City, then explore the ancient world of Xanthos Antik Kenti, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gizlikent Selalesi, and finally delve into the distant past at Tlos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, then stroll through The Lycian Way, and finally explore the ancient world of Ancient Rock Tombes.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fethiye road trip website.

Getting from Antalya to Fethiye by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Antalya in September since evenings lows in Fethiye dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Fethiye

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Xanthos Antik Kenti ©
Xanthos Antik Kenti
Parasailing & Paragliding
Tlos ©
Tlos

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, then admire the sheer force of Ornaz Vadisi, and finally take in the natural beauty of kirmizi su.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Pamukkale trip planning site.

You can drive from Fethiye to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis

2
nights
Kusadasi

Kusadasi ©
Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Ladies Beach, delve into the distant past at Isa Bey Mosque, then admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain, then explore the ancient world of Heracles Gate, and finally explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Temple of Hadrian, explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), stroll through Pygela, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaleici Camii, then admire the masterpieces at Hacivat Shop, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Downtown Beach.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kusadasi itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Kusadasi in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Kusadasi can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Canakkale.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
Ladies Beach ©
Ladies Beach

2
nights
Canakkale

Canakkale ©
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Namazgah Tabyalari, stroll the grounds of SoganlIdere Sehitligi, stroll through Kabatepe Kumsali, contemplate the long history of Anzac Cove, then contemplate the long history of Akbas Sehitligi, and finally explore the historical opulence of Bigali Kalesi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Dardanos Beach, take an in-depth tour of Troya Muzesi, then learn about all things military at Military Marine Museum, then don't miss a visit to Saat Kulesi, and finally explore the galleries of Rhapsodos Mozaik.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Canakkale trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kusadasi to Canakkale takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kusadasi to Canakkale due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kusadasi in September, Canakkale is a bit cooler at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Canakkale

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
SoganlIdere Sehitligi ©
SoganlIdere Sehitligi
Anzac Cove ©
Anzac Cove
Saat Kulesi ©
Saat Kulesi

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