21 days in Turkey Itinerary

21 days in Turkey Itinerary

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21 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Selcuk
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Istanbul
— 7 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h
5
Urgup
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Riyadh

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.
Bring the kids along to Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA and Pamucak Beach. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and make a trip to Arcadian Way.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip app .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Selcuk is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. When traveling from Riyadh in August, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Selcuk: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA ©
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA
Pamucak Beach ©
Pamucak Beach

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 (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Oludeniz, enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On your second day here, look for gifts at Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor, trek along The Lycian Way, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Oludeniz route site .

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Oludeniz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Oludeniz, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fethiye, Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Babadag ©
Babadag
Parasailing & Paragliding

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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, Head underground at Kaklik Cave, and explore the ancient world of Laodikeia.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Denizli, Aphrodisias
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

7
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Dolmabahce Palace. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Istanbul are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

4
nights
Urgup

Urgup ©
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Change things up with a short trip to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, don't miss a visit to Bezirhane Pottery, stop by Alaturca Taner, and appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Urgup trip builder .

You can fly from Istanbul to Urgup in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in September, you will find days in Urgup are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are slightly colder (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goreme, Avanos, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Alaturca Taner
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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