8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
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Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive
4
Icmeler
— 1 night
Drive
5
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Fly

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Istanbul

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.
Let the collections at Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Modern capture your imagination. Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmed Mosque are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, wander the streets of Ortakoy, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul travel planning tool.

Ankara to Istanbul is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from Ankara in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 25°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

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Pamukkale

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 (Tue), explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

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Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, then surround yourself with nature on Troy Tours, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip tool.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. May in Selcuk sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Icmeler.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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Icmeler

İçmeler is a popular Turkish holiday resort situated 8 kilometres from Marmaris. On the 13th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Icmeler Beach, stop by Trust Gold & Diamonds, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally head outdoors with Marmaris Travel Center.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Icmeler attractions planning site.

You can drive from Selcuk to Icmeler in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Selcuk in May: highs in Icmeler hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Icmeler

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trip

1
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Oludeniz

Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): look for gifts at Anadolu el Sanatlari, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Oludeniz online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Icmeler to Oludeniz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Icmeler to Oludeniz is 1 hour. Traveling from Icmeler in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Oludeniz, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Spas

Side Trip

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.