13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
5
Marmaris
— 1 night
Drive
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Oludeniz
— 2 nights
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Istanbul

— 3 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hagia Sophia Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami . Head to Kapali Carsi and Mısır Çarşısıfor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Cairo in September: highs in Istanbul hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Goreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Escape the urban bustle at Balloon Rides and Off-Road Tours. There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum and stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to fly to Selcuk.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:

Selcuk

— 2 nights
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 11th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and then look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Public Latrine and then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk holiday maker site.

You can fly from Goreme to Selcuk in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in September, Selcuk is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Pamukkale

— 1 night

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 13th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Pamukkale road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marmaris.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:

Marmaris

— 1 night
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
On the 14th (Tue), stop by Ruby and then enjoy the sand and surf at Icmeler Beach.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Marmaris trip itinerary site.

Getting from Pamukkale to Marmaris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Marmaris, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Marmaris

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

Oludeniz

— 2 nights
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 15th (Wed): see where the ancients bathed at Lycian D Spa & Turkish Bath and then stroll through Oludeniz PlajI. On the next day, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz travel website.

Drive from Marmaris to Oludeniz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Oludeniz, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Baths · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

Turkey travel guide

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Ruins · Architectural Buildings · 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.