15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey journey planner

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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Istanbul
— 5 nights
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Gocek
— 1 night
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 3 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 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.
Explore Goreme's surroundings by going to Derinkuyu (Kaymakli Underground City & Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri). The adventure continues: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, see Off-Road Tours, take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag, and take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip itinerary website.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Goreme is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car. While traveling from Jeddah, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Istanbul route planning site.

Fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Goreme in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Gocek.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Gocek

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): look for gifts at Epoca Carpet and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Gocek trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Gocek in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Gocek, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Gocek

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

Pamukkale

— 2 nights

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 26th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale online route planner.

You can drive from Gocek to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Selcuk

— 3 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.
When in Selcuk, make a side trip to see Magnesia Antik Kenti in Germencik, approximately Germencik away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isa Bey Mosque, ponder the design of Trajan's Fountain, and examine the collection at Camlik Locomotive Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Selcuk can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.