12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Dalyan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Kas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Icmeler
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
6
Pamukkale
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: Cairo

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Kapali Carsi and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sultanahmet District and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Ortakoy, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, stop by Misir Carsisi, and soak in style at Turkish baths.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary planner .

Cairo, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Istanbul. Traveling from Cairo in July, expect Istanbul to be little chillier, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Dalyan.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kapali Carsi ©
Kapali Carsi
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy

1
night
Dalyan

Dalyan ©
Although it once seemed destined to become a stereotypical coastal resort, Dalyan remains unspoiled by commercial tourism because of its location within an environmentally protected area.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the ancient world of Carian rock tombs, delve into the distant past at Lycian Rock Tombs, delve into the distant past at Kaunos, then look for all kinds of wild species at Dalyan Special Environmental Protection Area, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Iztuzu Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Dalyan trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Dalyan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. August in Dalyan sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Kas.

Things to do in Dalyan

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Carian rock tombs
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Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2
Carian rock tombs ©
Carian rock tombs
Kaunos ©
Kaunos

2
nights
Kas

An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Kekova Sound, and then kick back and relax at Kaputas Beach. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Traveling by car from Dalyan to Kas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach

1
night
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 6th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Old Town, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally stroll through Oludeniz PlajI.

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Traveling by car from Kas to Oludeniz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Oludeniz are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Icmeler.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Fethiye
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Old Town ©
Old Town
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Icmeler

Icmeler ©
İçmeler is a popular Turkish holiday resort situated 8 kilometres from Marmaris. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Turunc Sahil, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then kick back and relax at Icmeler Beach, and finally look for gifts at Latina Goldsmiths.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Icmeler visit website .

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Icmeler takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Oludeniz to Icmeler. Traveling from Oludeniz in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Icmeler, with lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Icmeler

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Turunc Sahil
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Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach
Latina Goldsmiths ©
Latina Goldsmiths

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Thu), Head underground at Kaklik Cave, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a bus from Icmeler to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Icmeler to Pamukkale is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Tours
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

1
night
Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, then look for gifts at Sultans Ceramic, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally do some rugged touring at local off-road trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Goreme road trip site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sultans Ceramic, Kocabag Winery
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Off-Road & ATV Trails
Sultans Ceramic ©
Sultans Ceramic
Kocabag Winery ©
Kocabag Winery

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