16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
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Antalya
— 1 night
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
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Selcuk
— 1 night
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Drive to Derinkuyu
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Derinkuyu, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Urgup, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Drive to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Fly to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport

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Antalya

— 1 night
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stop by Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate, then go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, and finally examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Kaleici, then admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, and then meet the residents at Antalya Aquarium.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Antalya trip tool.

Ahmedabad, India to Antalya is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Ahmedabad to Antalya. In May, Antalya is cooler than Ahmedabad - with highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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 5th (Wed), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Antalya to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Selcuk

— 1 night
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally stop by La Tulip Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Selcuk trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Selcuk are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), then Head underground at Uchisar Castle, and finally look for gifts at Arts & Crafts Cappadocia.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Goreme online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Selcuk to Goreme in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Selcuk in May, expect Goreme to be little chillier, temps between 27°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

Fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Istanbul. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Derinkuyu.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas

Derinkuyu, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
Derinkuyu is a town and district of Nevşehir Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey. Derinkuyu is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Theodore Church, stroll around HakkI Atamutlu Kultur Parki, and admire the landmark architecture of Uzumlu Kilise.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Derinkuyu trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Istanbul to Derinkuyu with the Route module. Traveling from Istanbul in May, plan for little chillier nights in Derinkuyu, with lows around 11°C. You'll set off for Urgup on the 14th (Fri).

Things to do in Derinkuyu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Urgup, Cappadocia

— 3 nights
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Cappadocia Art & History Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Turasan Sarapcilik, admire the verdant scenery at Red Valley, then explore the historical opulence of Ortahisar Kalesi, then admire the landmark architecture of Ortahisar Abdioglu Camii, and finally explore the striking landscape at Pasabag.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Urgup sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Derinkuyu to Urgup takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Urgup can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Turkey travel guide

4.4
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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.