16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Erbil
Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
1
Dalyan
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Selcuk
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Erbil

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): delve into the distant past at Lycian Rock Tombs, delve into the distant past at Kaunos, then delve into the distant past at Dalyan, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Iztuzu Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Dalyan trip builder site .

Erbil, Iraq to Dalyan is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Erbil in September, things will get little chillier in Dalyan: highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Dalyan

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

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

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 4th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Babadag and then enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach).

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Oludeniz holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Dalyan to Oludeniz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Oludeniz can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Babadag ©
Babadag

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA and Ladies Beach. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, make a trip to Curetes Street, contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, and pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Selcuk online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Oludeniz to Selcuk by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In September, daytime highs in Selcuk are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ladies Beach
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA ©
Ladies Beach ©
Ladies Beach

2
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Acikhava Muzesi, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Goreme trip maker website .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Selcuk to Goreme in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Selcuk in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Goreme, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

6
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.
Kids will enjoy Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Suleymaniye Cami . Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and wander the streets of Sultanahmet District.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Istanbul travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Goreme to Istanbul by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in September, you will find days in Istanbul are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

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