21 days in Turkey Itinerary

21 days in Turkey Itinerary

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21 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly:  13 h
1
Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
2
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Selcuk
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 30 min
5
Goreme
— 5 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Durban

6
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: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul sightseeing site .

Durban, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Durban in September, expect nights in Istanbul to be somewhat warmer, around 26°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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 Pamukkale's surroundings by going to Aphrodisias (in Geyre) and Tripolis Antik Kenti (in Denizli). There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, head outdoors with Pamukkale Balloons, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Pamukkale sightseeing tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

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: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, make a trip to Curetes Street, and see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip itinerary site .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive 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 4th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Oludeniz, then enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Keep things going the next day: see a world frozen in time at Kayakoy, then get your game on at Hisaronu f1, and then take in the awesome beauty at Babadag.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Oludeniz vacation maker site .

Drive from Selcuk to Oludeniz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Oludeniz sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

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

5
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.
Step out of Goreme to go to Derinkuyu and see Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, which is approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, get engrossed in the history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, and take in breathtaking views at Peri Bacalari.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Goreme itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Oludeniz to Goreme takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Oludeniz in October; daily highs in Goreme reach 24°C and lows reach 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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