16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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Istanbul
— 5 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 4 nights
Drive
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Oludeniz
— 1 night
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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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, make a trip to Zemi Valley, and get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Goreme is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Cairo to Goreme, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairo in July; daily highs in Goreme reach 37°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:

Istanbul

— 5 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul itinerary app.

Fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in July, you will find days in Istanbul are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are a bit warmer (23°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 29:

Pamukkale

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the next day, push the limits with an extreme tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:

Selcuk

— 4 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.
Take a break from Selcuk with a short trip to Magnesia Antik Kenti in Germencik, about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and explore the ancient world of Heracles Gate.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Selcuk online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 4:

Oludeniz

— 1 night
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 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Oludeniz PlajI and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Oludeniz trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Selcuk to Oludeniz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Selcuk in August, expect nights in Oludeniz to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 5:

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.