15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly:  10​h
1
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Dalyan
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Ahmedabad

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sultanahmet District and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). You'll explore and learn at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) and Topkapi Palace. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, and explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul road trip planner.

Ahmedabad, India to Istanbul is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Ahmedabad to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ahmedabad in May, things will get cooler in Istanbul: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

4
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Get some cultural insight at Goreme National Park and Goreme Acikhava Muzesi. Get some historical perspective at Uchisar Castle and Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley). Spend the 18th (Sat) floating through the air with a balloon tour. Next up on the itinerary: ride a horse along Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, stop by Boutique Carpets, and Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Goreme travel planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in May, Goreme is little chillier at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Dalyan.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Uchisar, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme

1
day
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 20th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Lycian Rock Tombs, then contemplate the long history of Kaunos, then explore the ancient world of Dalyan, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Iztuzu Beach.

For ratings and other tourist information, read Dalyan holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Dalyan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Goreme in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Dalyan, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Dalyan

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Caunos Tombs of the Kings
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Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2
Kaunos ©
Kaunos
Lycian Rock Tombs ©
Lycian Rock Tombs

3
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.
Ancient City of Ephesus and The Terrace Houses will appeal to history buffs. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ladies Beach and Pamucak Beach. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Celsus Kutuphanesi, steep yourself in history at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), make a trip to Arcadian Way, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Basilica of Saint John.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk travel route planner .

You can drive from Dalyan to Selcuk in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Ladies Beach
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

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