15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 7 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
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Istanbul

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: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Istanbul travel route tool.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Istanbul. In June in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

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Goreme, Cappadocia

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Goreme: Gomeda Vadisi (in Mustafapasa) and Kaymakli Underground City (in Derinkuyu). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Love Valley, and take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Goreme trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Goreme, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Pamukkale

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.
On the 13th (Sat), stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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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 14th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Memmius Monument, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then delve into the distant past at Temple of Hadrian, and finally stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Byzantine acquaducts, then explore the ancient world of Heracles Gate, then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally ponder the design of Trajan's Fountain.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · History Museums · 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.