20 days in Turkey Itinerary

20 days in Turkey Itinerary

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20 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly + taxi:  7​h
1
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
2
Cesme
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Selcuk
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Kas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Dalyan
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Cairo

4
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.
Spend the 1st (Mon) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, ride a horse along Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, and take in the dramatic natural features at Zemi Valley.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Goreme trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Goreme is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Goreme due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cairo in September, plan for slightly colder days in Goreme, with highs around 33°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cesme.

Things to do in Goreme

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uchisar, Urgup, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Kocabag Winery ©
Kocabag Winery
Balloon Rides

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cesme AltInkum Beach, admire the striking features of Cesme Castle, and then raise your glass at Babylon.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cesme online travel planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Goreme to Cesme in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Goreme to Cesme is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Goreme in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cesme, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Cesme

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Cesme AltInkum Beach ©
Cesme AltInkum Beach
Cesme Castle ©
Cesme Castle

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.
Visit Ladies Beach and Pamucak Beach for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, make a trip to Curetes Street, and delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Selcuk trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Cesme to Selcuk takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cesme to Selcuk, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

#Historic Sites, #Theme Parks, #Parks

Side Trip

Kusadasi
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Ladies Beach ©
Ladies Beach
The Terrace Houses ©
The Terrace Houses

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 9th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Hierapolis & Pamukkale, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then cruise along Road to Pamukkale.

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Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Pamukkale

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis & Pamukkale ©
Hierapolis & Pamukkale

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 10th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kekova Sound, then stroll through Kaputas Beach, and then make a trip to Lions Tomb. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the water at your own pace with Kas Daily Boat Tours with Bermuda and then enjoy the sand and surf at Flora Boat.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kas online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Pamukkale to Kas in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Kas, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Kas

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Kekova Sound ©
Kekova Sound
Flora Boat ©
Flora Boat

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 12th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Lagoon and then kick back and relax at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach).

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Oludeniz travel planning site .

Traveling by car from Kas to Oludeniz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dalyan.

Things to do in Oludeniz

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Lycian Rock Tombs, then delve into the distant past at Kaunos, then explore the ancient world of Dalyan, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Iztuzu Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dalyan tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Oludeniz to Dalyan in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Dalyan are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Dalyan

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Dalyan
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Iztuzu Beach ©
Iztuzu Beach
Kaunos ©
Kaunos
Dalyan ©
Dalyan

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.
Relax by the water at Dalia Beach and Solar Plajı. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), wander the streets of Ortakoy, explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and 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. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Dalyan in October since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Museums
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Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District

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