20 days in Turkey Itinerary

20 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Cesme
— 1 day
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Selcuk
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
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Kas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oludeniz
— 1 night
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Dalyan
— 1 night
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Istanbul
— 5 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 4 nights
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. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, trot along with Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Goreme holiday planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Goreme is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. When traveling from Cairo in September, plan for little chillier days in Goreme, with highs around 33°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Cesme.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 3:

Cesme

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): stroll through Cesme AltInkum Beach, then explore the ancient world of Cesme Castle, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Babylon.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cesme online trip planner.

Getting from Goreme to Cesme by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme to Cesme, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Goreme in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit 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

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Nightlife
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:

Selcuk

— 4 nights
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ladies Beach and Pamucak Beach. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and stop by La Tulip Art Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Selcuk sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Cesme to Selcuk in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cesme to Selcuk. In October, daytime highs in Selcuk are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 8:

Pamukkale

— 1 night

Cotton Castle

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): delve into the distant past at Hierapolis and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:

Kas

— 2 nights
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): step off the mainland to explore Kekova Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach, and then make a trip to Lions Tomb. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a short side trip with Kas Daily Boat Tours with Bermuda and then gain insight with Flora Gullet Boat.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kas trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Kas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Kas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

Oludeniz

— 1 night
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): kick back and relax at Blue Lagoon and then enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Oludeniz sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kas to Oludeniz in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Oludeniz are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dalyan.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:
Highlights from your trip

Dalyan

— 1 night
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): explore the ancient world of Lycian Rock Tombs, then steep yourself in history at Kaunos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Iztuzu Beach 2.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dalyan road trip planner.

Getting from Oludeniz to Dalyan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Dalyan

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:

Istanbul

— 5 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, take a stroll through Taksim Square, and get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planner.

You can fly from Dalyan to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Dalyan in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:

Turkey travel guide

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Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.