28 days in Turkey Itinerary

28 days in Turkey Itinerary

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28 days in Turkey Itinerary

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

7
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.
Head to Alaturca Carpet and Chez Bircan Potteryfor plenty of shopping. Spend the 16th (Tue) floating through the air with a balloon tour. Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. The adventure continues: Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, look for gifts at Boutique Carpets, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Acikhava Muzesi, and take a pleasant ride with Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our 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. Traveling from Cairo to Goreme, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cairo in October, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Goreme

#Shopping, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Avanos, Uchisar, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Alaturca Taner ©
Alaturca Taner
Chez Bircan Pottery ©
Chez Bircan Pottery
Chez Hakan - The Pottery Shop ©
Chez Hakan - The Pottery Shop

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.
Do your shopping at Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop and Sultan Carpet and Kilim. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, stop by Black Sheep Carpets, and make a trip to Arcadian Way.

To see reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk road trip website .

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. In October, Selcuk is somewhat warmer than Goreme - with highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Theme Parks

Side Trip

Kusadasi Leather
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
La Tulip Art Gallery ©
La Tulip Art Gallery
Black Sheep Carpets ©
Black Sheep Carpets

2
nights
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.
On the 28th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pamukkale Natural Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then get outside with Road to Pamukkale. On your second day here, head outdoors with Pamukkale Balloons, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cleopatra Pools, and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis & Pamukkale.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale day trip planning app .

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Pamukkale

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis & Pamukkale ©
Hierapolis & Pamukkale
Pamukkale Natural Park ©
Pamukkale Natural Park

2
nights
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.
On the 30th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Downtown Fethiye, then hike along Lycian Way, and then take in the awesome beauty at Babadag. Keep things going the next day: mingle with the ghosts of the past at Kayakoy, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach).

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Oludeniz travel planner .

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Oludeniz takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Oludeniz sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Dalyan.

Things to do in Oludeniz

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Fethiye
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Babadag ©
Babadag
Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach) ©
Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach)
Parasailing & Paragliding

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 1st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Iztuzu Beach, then explore the ancient world of Dalyan, then delve into the distant past at Lycian Rock Tombs, and finally steep yourself in history at Kaunos.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dalyan day trip website .

You can drive from Oludeniz to Dalyan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Edirne.

Things to do in Dalyan

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

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

1
day
Edirne

Edirne ©
Edirne is a city in the northwestern Turkish province of Edirne in the region of East Thrace, close to Turkey's borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Beyazit II Mosque Complex, examine the collection at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum, take in the views from Meric River Bridge, then admire the landmark architecture of Karaagac Train Station, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eski Cami, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Selimiye Mosque.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Edirne online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Dalyan to Edirne takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Edirne

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Selimiye Mosque ©
Selimiye Mosque
Meric River Bridge ©
Meric River Bridge
Eski Cami ©
Eski Cami

9
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.
Head to Kapali Carsi and Mısır Çarşısıfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Istanbul journey website .

Traveling by car from Edirne to Istanbul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

#Shopping, #Museums, #Historic Sites
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Kapali Carsi ©
Kapali Carsi
Mısır Çarşısı ©
Mısır Çarşısı

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