20 days in Turkey Itinerary

20 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
2
Cesme
— 1 day
3
Selcuk
— 4 nights
4
Pamukkale
— 1 night
5
Kas
— 2 nights
6
Oludeniz
— 1 night
7
Dalyan
— 1 night
8
Istanbul
— 5 nights

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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, trot along with Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme online itinerary planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Goreme is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Goreme. Traveling from Cairo in September, you will find days in Goreme are slightly colder (°C), and nights are much colder (°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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): stroll through Cesme AltInkum Beach, thenadmire the striking features 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 7 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 °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.
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), don't miss a visit to Curetes Street, 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 do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cesme to Selcuk. In October, daytime highs in Selcuk are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can 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
Pamucak Beach ©
Pamucak Beach

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): 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 train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can 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 ©
Hierapolis

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): enjoy the sand and surf at Kekova Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaputas Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Lions Tomb. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Kas Daily Boat Tours with Bermuda and then gain a rich perspective with Flora Gullet Boat.

For photos and other tourist information, read Kas trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Pamukkale to Kas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Kas are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Kekova Sound
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Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Flora Gullet Boat ©
Flora Gullet Boat
Lions Tomb ©
Lions Tomb

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.
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 °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dalyan.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI

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): explore the ancient world of Lycian Rock Tombs, thensteep yourself in history at Kaunos, thendelve into the distant past at Caunos Tombs of the Kings, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Iztuzu Beach 2.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Dalyan trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Dalyan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Dalyan are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Dalyan

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caunos Tombs of the Kings
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Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2
Kaunos ©
Kaunos
Caunos Tombs of the Kings ©
Caunos Tombs of the Kings

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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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum, visit Taksim Square, take a stroll through Ortakoy, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planning site.

You can fly from Dalyan to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Dalyan in October, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District

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