18 days in Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

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Selcuk
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
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Kas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Oludeniz
— 1 night
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Dalyan
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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Istanbul
— 5 nights
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Selcuk

— 2 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ancient City of Ephesus and Public Latrine. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and Trajan's Fountain. Step out of Selcuk with an excursion to Magnesia Antik Kenti in Germencik--about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, examine the collection at Camlik Locomotive Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk driving holiday planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Selcuk is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in June; daily highs in Selcuk reach 37°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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 11th (Fri), stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip planner.

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Kas

— 3 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Island of Kekova and Patara Antik Kenti. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kaputas Beach and Kaputas Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Kas: Tersane Koyu (in Kekova), Patara Plajı (in Patara) and Kekova Island (in Demre (Kale)). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Narr Beach, relax and rejuvenate at The Field for Yoga Therapies Nature By Beste Sabir, make a trip to Lions Tomb, and glide through the air with Fly Lycia Paragliding.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kas trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Kas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kas can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Kas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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 15th (Tue): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Lycian D Spa & Turkish Bath.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz holiday website.

Traveling by car from Kas to Oludeniz takes 2 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Dalyan.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Baths

Dalyan

— 2 nights
Although it once seemed destined to become a stereotypical coastal resort, Dalyan remains unspoiled by commercial tourism because of its location within an environmentally protected area.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Istuzu Beach, explore the ancient world of Lycian Rock Tombs, and then explore the ancient world of Kaunos. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Iztuzu Beach 2.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Dalyan trip maker.

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Dalyan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daytime highs in Dalyan are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Dalyan

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then see Off-Road Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Goreme Open-Air Museum, then do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and finally Head underground at Uchisar Castle.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Dalyan to Goreme takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Dalyan in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Goreme, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Rumeli Fortress. There's lots more to do: stop by Ortakoy, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , take a stroll through Istiklal Caddesi, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 20°C. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · History Museums · 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.