15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Jeddah
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Cesme
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Dalyan
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
5
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
6
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Jeddah

1
day
Cesme

Cesme ©
The ancient coastal town of Cesme has managed to preserve its natural beauty, even after many years as one of the most popular beach resorts in Turkey's Aegean Region.
On the 7th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Cesme Castle and then kick back and relax at Babylon.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Cesme road trip tool .

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Cesme is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jeddah to Cesme. In August, Cesme is slightly colder than Jeddah - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Cesme

#Beaches, #Nightlife, #Parks
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Cesme Castle ©
Cesme Castle

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.
Shop till you drop at Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop and Black Sheep Carpets. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ladies Beach and Pamucak Beach. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at The Terrace Houses, look for gifts at Sultan Carpet and Kilim, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Basilica of Saint John.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Selcuk itinerary maker site .

Getting from Cesme to Selcuk by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Cesme in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Selcuk: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Selcuk

#Historic Sites, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Ladies Beach
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The Terrace Houses ©
The Terrace Houses
Ephesus Museum ©
Ephesus Museum
Ladies Beach ©
Ladies 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.
On the 11th (Sat), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach).

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Oludeniz day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Oludeniz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Selcuk in August: highs in Oludeniz hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Dalyan.

Things to do in Oludeniz

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach) ©
Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach)
Parasailing & Paragliding

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 12th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Dalyan and then stroll through Iztuzu Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dalyan trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Oludeniz to Dalyan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Dalyan sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Dalyan

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Dalyan
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Iztuzu Beach ©
Iztuzu Beach
Dalyan ©
Dalyan

2
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Alaturca Carpet and Hakan Kilim. Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. There's lots more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, stop by Galerie Faruk, and take an in-depth tour of Goreme Acikhava Muzesi.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Goreme trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Dalyan to Goreme takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Dalyan in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Goreme, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Uchisar
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Goreme Acikhava Muzesi ©
Goreme Acikhava Muzesi
Sultan Carpet ©
Sultan Carpet

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.
Head to Kapali Carsi and Mısır Çarşısıfor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Ortakoy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , stop by Aponia Store, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Istanbul holiday planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Goreme in August, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

#Neighborhoods, #Museums, #Historic Sites
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) ©
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

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