16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Cairo
Fly + bus:  10​h
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly + train:  6​h
Selcuk
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
Marmaris
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Dalyan
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Cairo

3
days
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Goreme National Park and Goreme Acikhava Muzesi. Head to Alaturca Carpet and Boutique Carpetsfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours and stop by Chez Hakan - The Pottery Shop.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Goreme trip planner .

Cairo, Egypt to Goreme is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairo in March: highs in Goreme hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Goreme

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Parks

Side Trips

Uchisar, Avanos, Efendi Sarapevi
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Goreme Acikhava Muzesi ©
Goreme Acikhava Muzesi
Chez Bircan Pottery ©
Chez Bircan Pottery

3
days
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.
For shopping fun, head to Black Sheep Carpets or Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ancient City of Ephesus and Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Celsus Kutuphanesi, make a trip to Arcadian Way, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and steep yourself in history at Public Latrine.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Selcuk trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Goreme to Selcuk in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Selcuk, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Selcuk

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Beaches

Side Trip

Ladies Beach
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
The Terrace Houses ©
The Terrace Houses

few
hours
Marmaris

Marmaris ©
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Marmaris trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Marmaris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Marmaris sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Marmaris

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach

1
day
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 19th (Mon): kick back and relax at Blue Lagoon and then stroll through Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach).

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Oludeniz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. March in Oludeniz sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dalyan.

Things to do in Oludeniz

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

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 20th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Iztuzu Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dalyan itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Dalyan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in March, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Dalyan

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Iztuzu Beach ©
Iztuzu Beach

5
days
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.
Let the collections at Topkapi Palace and Rahmi M. Koc Museum capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sultanahmet District and Basilica Cistern. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the striking features of Suleymaniye Cami , take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and stroll through Florya Sahil Parkı.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Dalyan to Istanbul by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Dalyan in March: highs in Istanbul hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
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Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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