20 days in Turkey Itinerary

20 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

Make it your trip
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Istanbul
— 9 nights
Fly
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Selcuk
— 7 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oludeniz
— 1 night
Fly

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Istanbul

— 9 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hagia Sophia and Dolmabahce Palace. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Istanbul. In July, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Selcuk

— 7 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.
Kids will enjoy Ancient City of Ephesus and Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), stop by Lilys Authentic Art carpets and textiles shop, explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, and examine the collection at Ephesus Museum.

For reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Selcuk online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Selcuk takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in July: highs in Selcuk hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Keep things going the next day: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale tour planning app.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag, then stroll through Oludeniz PlajI, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Oludeniz takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Oludeniz sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

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.