15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
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Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive
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Icmeler
— 1 night
Drive
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Selcuk
— 4 nights
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Istanbul

— 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. Museum-lovers will get to explore Topkapi Palace and Pera Museum. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, look for gifts at Mısır Çarşısı, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online holiday maker.

Doha, Qatar to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. When traveling from Doha in September, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Goreme National Park and Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley). You'll explore and learn at Goreme Open-Air Museum and Chez Galip. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Alaturca Taner, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, do a tasting at Mahzen Şarap Evi, and see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme day trip 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 September, expect nights in Goreme to be slightly colder, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Pamukkale

— 1 night

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 16th (Wed), wander the streets of Karahayit, then take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Oludeniz

— 1 night
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 17th (Thu), look for gifts at Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor, enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Oludeniz trip website.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Oludeniz takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Oludeniz, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Icmeler.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Icmeler

— 1 night
İçmeler is a popular Turkish holiday resort situated 8 kilometres from Marmaris. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then stop by Ruby, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Icmeler Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Icmeler tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Oludeniz to Icmeler in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Oludeniz to Icmeler is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Oludeniz in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Icmeler, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Icmeler

Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping · Parks
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Selcuk

— 4 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ancient City of Ephesus and Temple of Hadrian. Step out of Selcuk to go to Germencik and see Magnesia Antik Kenti, which is approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), delve into the distant past at Baths of Varius, step into the grandiose world of Keci Kalesi, and contemplate the long history of Public Latrine.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk road trip planner.

You can drive from Icmeler to Selcuk in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Icmeler in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Selcuk, with lows of 19°C. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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.