17 days in Turkey & Baghdad Itinerary

17 days in Turkey & Baghdad Itinerary

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17 days in Turkey & Baghdad Itinerary

Start: Erbil, Iraq
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Oludeniz, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Dalyan, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
7
Baghdad, Iraq
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
End: Erbil, Iraq

4
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

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 Dolmabahce Palace. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , take a stroll through Ortakoy, and admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker .

Erbil, Iraq to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Erbil in September: highs in Istanbul hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

3
nights
Goreme, Turkey

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.
Spend the 7th (Fri) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. The adventure continues: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, stop by Alaturca Carpet, get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and browse the exhibits of Goreme Acikhava Muzesi.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Goreme trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Uchisar, 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

2
nights
Selcuk, Turkey

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.
Attractions like Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA and Ladies Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, don't miss a visit to Curetes Street, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk travel route planner.

Getting from Goreme to Selcuk by combination of taxi, flight, and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Goreme in September since evenings lows in Selcuk dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

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 ©
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA
Ladies Beach ©
Ladies Beach

1
night
Pamukkale, Turkey

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Hierapolis & Pamukkale, take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then take a memorable drive along Road to Pamukkale.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip itinerary tool .

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 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Pamukkale

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

1
night
Oludeniz, Turkey

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 13th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag and then enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach).

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Oludeniz travel route planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Oludeniz in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Dalyan.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Babadag ©
Babadag

1
night
Dalyan, Turkey

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.
On the 14th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Lycian Rock Tombs, then contemplate the long history of Kaunos, then delve into the distant past at Dalyan, and finally kick back and relax at Iztuzu Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Dalyan trip maker tool .

You can drive from Oludeniz to Dalyan in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Dalyan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Baghdad.

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
Lycian Rock Tombs ©
Lycian Rock Tombs

2
nights
Baghdad, Iraq

Baghdad ©
It's quite possible that a Baghdad holiday isn't on your list of things to do, but despite the city's reputation for turmoil, it still has plenty to offer to a daring traveler.
Spend the 17th (Mon) in some colorful company at Zawraa Park. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Iraq Museum, don't miss a visit to Baghdadi Museum, appreciate the history behind Al-Shaheed Monument, and browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Baghdad trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dalyan to Baghdad. Traveling from Dalyan in September, expect Baghdad to be somewhat warmer, temps between 47°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks Museums Shopping
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Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum
Al-Shaheed Monument ©
Al-Shaheed Monument

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