16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Kas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Pamukkale
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Kuwait City

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): stop by La Tulip Art Gallery and then explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then explore the ancient world of The Terrace Houses, and finally delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Selcuk trip planner .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Selcuk is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Kuwait City in August: highs in Selcuk hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA ©
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus

2
nights
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), get interesting insight from Tours and then choose your vessel at VIRA. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach) and then take in the awesome beauty at Babadag.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Oludeniz holiday builder .

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 slightly colder 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 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Kas.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Vira
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Parasailing & Paragliding
Babadag ©
Babadag

2
nights
Kas

Kas ©
An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): make a trip to Lions Tomb, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach, and then choose your vessel at Bedeloglu1 Boat. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Tugra Art Gallery, choose your vessel at Dennis Boat - Private or Daily Tours, and then take a tour by water with Kas Daily Boat Tours with Bermuda.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kas online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Oludeniz to Kas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Tours Transportation
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Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Lions Tomb ©
Lions Tomb
Tugra Art Gallery ©
Tugra Art Gallery

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.
On the 15th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Hierapolis & Pamukkale, take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then get outside with Road to Pamukkale.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Pamukkale trip planner .

Drive from Kas to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

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

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Kapali Carsi. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and take a stroll through Sultanahmet District.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Istanbul are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

3
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 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and take in the exciting artwork at Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Center.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Goreme trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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