8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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8 days in Turkey Itinerary

Cairo
Fly:  10​h
Ortahisar, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Oludeniz
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Dalyan
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Cairo

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Ortahisar, Cappadocia

Ortahisar ©
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Cairo, Egypt to Ortahisar is an approximately 10-hour flight. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Cairo in December: high temperatures in Ortahisar hover around 6°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Selcuk.

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Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center ©
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Celsus Kutuphanesi, delve into the distant past at The Terrace Houses, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Ortahisar to Selcuk. Traveling from Ortahisar in December, expect Selcuk to be a bit warmer, temps between 15°C and 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Oludeniz.

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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
The Terrace Houses ©
The Terrace Houses

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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.
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Drive from Selcuk to Oludeniz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In December, Oludeniz is somewhat warmer than Selcuk - with highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dalyan.

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Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach) ©
Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach)

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Iztuzu Beach.

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Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Dalyan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Dalyan can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.

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Iztuzu Beach ©
Iztuzu Beach

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sultanahmet District and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica Cistern and Historic Areas of Istanbul. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

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Getting from Dalyan to Istanbul by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Dalyan in December: highs in Istanbul hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
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Basilica Cistern

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