16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey travel route planner

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Istanbul
— 7 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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Bodrum City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Karaburun
— 1 night
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Istanbul

— 7 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.
Visit Buyukcekmece Sahili and Aqua Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Bentler Tabiat Parki and Silivri Sahili. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, relax and rejuvenate at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

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Izmir to Istanbul is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Izmir in June, expect Istanbul to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Goreme National Park and Honey Valley, Goreme Turkey. And it doesn't end there: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, admire the verdant scenery at Devrent Valley, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, and learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery.

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You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in June, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Goreme. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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 (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and finally take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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 (Wed), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI, and finally hike along The Lycian Way.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Oludeniz day trip tool.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Oludeniz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Bodrum City

— 2 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Yaliciftlik Sahili, then do a tasting at Vinbodrum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mor Plaj, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, kick back and relax at Kumbahce Sahili, stroll through Gun Batimi Plaji, then kick back and relax at Torba Plaji, and finally stroll through Yahsi Beach.

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Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Bodrum City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Bodrum City when traveling from Oludeniz in June, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Karaburun.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Karaburun

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): stroll through Boyabagi, enjoy the sand and surf at Ardic Plaji, then stroll through Badem Buku, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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You can drive from Bodrum City to Karaburun in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Bodrum City in June, expect nights in Karaburun to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Karaburun

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.