16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Tripoli
Fly + Drive:  14​h 30​min
1
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
2
Cesme
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Selcuk
— 3 nights
4
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Dalyan
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Tripoli

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.
Head to Alaturca Carpet and Sultan Carpetfor plenty of shopping. Get outdoors at Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center and Goreme National Park. And it doesn't end there: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, stop by Orient Bazaar, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and take an in-depth tour of Goreme Acikhava Muzesi.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme online driving holiday planner .

Tripoli, Libya to Goreme is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Tripoli in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 18°C in Goreme. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cesme.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Alaturca Taner, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Cesme AltInkum Beach, then delve into the distant past at Cesme Castle, and then kick back and relax at Babylon.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cesme trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Goreme to Cesme takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Goreme to Cesme, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Goreme in July, Cesme is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Cesme

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ancient City of Ephesus and Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). For shopping fun, head to Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop or Sultan Carpet and Kilim. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Celsus Kutuphanesi, steep yourself in history at Public Latrine, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Basilica of Saint John.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk road trip app .

You can drive from Cesme to Selcuk in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Cesme in July, you will find days in Selcuk are a bit warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Ladies Beach
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Hierapolis & Pamukkale, then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then take a memorable drive along Road to Pamukkale.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools

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 28th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach).

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Oludeniz trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Oludeniz takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Oludeniz are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dalyan.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
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 29th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Lycian Rock Tombs, then delve into the distant past at Kaunos, then explore the ancient world of Dalyan, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Iztuzu Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Dalyan trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Oludeniz to Dalyan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Dalyan

Parks Beaches 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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Relax by the water at Florya Sahil Parkı and Suma Beach. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Dalyan to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Dalyan in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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