20 days in Turkey Itinerary

20 days in Turkey Itinerary

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20 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h
2
Goreme
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 30​min
3
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Selcuk
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Edmonton

5
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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online journey planner .

Edmonton, Canada to Istanbul is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Edmonton in August, with highs in Istanbul at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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.
When in Goreme, make a side trip to see Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu, approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the striking landscape at Peri Bacalari, contemplate the long history of Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, and look for gifts at Alaturca Taner.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Goreme online tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in August: highs in Goreme hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uchisar, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Peri Bacalari
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pamukkale: Aphrodisias (in Geyre) and Tripolis Antik Kenti (in Denizli). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pamukkale route builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Denizli, Aphrodisias
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

4
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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, theme parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Selcuk online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

2
nights
Oludeniz

Oludeniz ©
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 10th (Tue): explore the activities along Oludeniz, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oludeniz PlajI, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Oludeniz trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Selcuk to Oludeniz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Oludeniz
Highlights from your plan
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Babadag ©
Babadag
Parasailing & Paragliding

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