18 days in Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Turkey Itinerary

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18 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  19​h
1
Goreme
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 30​min
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Cape Town

4
nights
Goreme

Goreme ©
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 National Park and Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme and Goreme Acik Hava Muzesi capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Goreme to Derinkuyu to see Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at La Maison du Kilim, take in the exciting artwork at Chez Galip, and soak in style at Turkish baths.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Goreme trip simple and quick.

Cape Town, South Africa to Goreme is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in November, you will find days in Goreme are slightly colder (16°C), and nights are colder (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uchisar, Urgup, Chez Galip, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri

2
nights
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
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 28th (Thu): take a stroll through Karahayit, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, and finally contemplate the long history of Hierapolis. On the next day, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then explore the ancient world of Laodikeia, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Guney Selalesi.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pamukkale holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Denizli
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery
Laodikeia ©
Laodikeia

2
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.
Popular historic sites such as Ancient City of Ephesus and Bibliotheque de Celsus are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Pamucak Beach, contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Basilica of Saint John.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Selcuk travel route builder app .

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sirince Koyu
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

2
nights
Oludeniz

Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
On the 3rd (Tue), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Babadag, then look for gifts at Anadolu el Sanatlari, then contemplate the long history of Downtown Fethiye, and finally mingle with the ghosts of the past at Kayakoy.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz travel planner .

Drive from Selcuk to Oludeniz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Selcuk in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Oludeniz: highs are around 19°C and lows about 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Fethiye
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Downtown Fethiye ©
Downtown Fethiye

4
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.
Do your shopping at Kapali Carsi and Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi. Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take in the waterfront at Silivri Sahili, explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and wander the streets of Taksim Square.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Oludeniz to Istanbul by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Oludeniz in December, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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