16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey travel planner

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Istanbul
— 5 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 3 nights
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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, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Istanbul online day trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Istanbul is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Ottawa to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Ottawa in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 28°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 4 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: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Love Valley.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Goreme road trip planning website.

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Istanbul in October, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · 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 12th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale day trip planning site.

Getting from Goreme to Pamukkale by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · 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.
On the 14th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Byzantine acquaducts, explore the ancient world of Public Latrine, then steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally explore the ancient world of Heracles Gate. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Baths of Varius, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, and finally explore the ancient world of Trajan's Fountain.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip planning tool.

Getting from Pamukkale to Selcuk by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Selcuk sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

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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.