18 days in Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Selcuk
— 3 nights
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gocek
— 1 night
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Istanbul
— 4 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, see the interesting displays at Camlik Locomotive Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque, and steep yourself in history at Public Latrine.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Selcuk itinerary planner.

Ankara to Selcuk is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Ankara, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Selcuk, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping

Pamukkale

— 3 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.
Pamukkale is known for nature, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, and Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Pamukkale online day trip planner.

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Kas

— 3 nights
An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Explore Kas' surroundings by going to Kekova Island (in Demre (Kale)), Oludeniz (Oludeniz PlajI, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, &more) and Fethiye (Anadolu el Sanatlari, Saklikent Milli Parki, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach, head off the coast to Island of Kekova, and don't miss a visit to Lions Tomb.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kas tour builder tool.

Drive from Pamukkale to Kas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Kas are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Gocek.

Things to do in Kas

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Gocek

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Gocek journey builder tool.

Getting from Kas to Gocek by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Gocek can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Gocek

Tours · Outdoors · Spas

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: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see reviews and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Gocek to Istanbul by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Gocek, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Goreme: Derinkuyu (Kaymakli Underground City & Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, make a trip to Sunset Point, see Off-Road Tours, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme route builder site.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in August, you will find days in Goreme are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are slightly colder (19°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the bus back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

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.