15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey vacation planner

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gocek
— 1 night
Fly
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Istanbul
— 8 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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Love Valley, steep yourself in history at Goreme National Park, and stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme day trip website.

Istanbul to Goreme is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Goreme, with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

Make your Pamukkale itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gocek.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Gocek

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): look for gifts at Epoca Carpet and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Gocek road trip tool.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Gocek in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Gocek, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Gocek

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

Istanbul

— 8 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.
Kids will enjoy Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul tour site.

Traveling by flight from Gocek to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Gocek in July, you will find days in Istanbul are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.