12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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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
Taxi + Bus:  3 h
6
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
7
Goreme
— 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.
Head to Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Streetfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum, slough off your stress at Turkish baths, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul day trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 3.5- hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairo in July, with highs in Istanbul at 34°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Dalyan.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): delve into the distant past at Carian rock tombs, delve into the distant past at Lycian Rock Tombs, then steep yourself in history at Kaunos, then identify plant and animal life at Dalyan Special Environmental Protection Area, and finally kick back and relax at Iztuzu Beach 2.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dalyan trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Dalyan in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Kas.

Things to do in Dalyan

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Carian rock tombs
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Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2
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.
On the 4th (Sun), kick back and relax at Kekova Sound and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach. On your second day here, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dalyan to Kas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Kas sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Kekova Sound
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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.
Kick 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 glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Oludeniz road trip planning site.

Drive from Kas to Oludeniz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Oludeniz, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive 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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Icmeler Beach, and then look for gifts at Latina Goldsmiths.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Icmeler trip maker site.

Drive from Oludeniz to Icmeler in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Oludeniz in August, Icmeler is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Icmeler

Outdoors Parks Beaches

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), explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip builder site.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Icmeler to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

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

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Fri), do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, then look for gifts at Sultans Ceramic, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Goreme trip planner.

Fly 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough 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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