23 days in Turkey Itinerary

23 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Selcuk
— 3 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Oludeniz
— 2 nights
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Ankara
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Istanbul
— 8 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, make a trip to Byzantine acquaducts, ponder the design of Trajan's Fountain, and contemplate the long history of Public Latrine.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Selcuk sightseeing planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Selcuk is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Ottawa to Selcuk. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in October; daily highs in Selcuk reach 28°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Tours · 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Pamukkale planning site.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

Oludeniz

— 2 nights
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 8th (Fri), hike along The Lycian Way, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mavi Magara. On the next day, stop by Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor, kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Oludeniz.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Oludeniz trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Oludeniz takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Oludeniz, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Ankara

— 2 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
On the 10th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of 1. TBMM Kurtulus Savasi Muzesi, see the interesting displays at Altindag Belediyesi Sair ve Yazarlar Evi, then get engrossed in the history at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, then admire the masterpieces at 8 Hubb Art Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Kibele Kale. On the next day, get a sense of history and politics at Yargitay, then get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tacettin Sultan Cami, and finally don't miss a visit to Musa aga camii.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ankara trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Oludeniz to Ankara takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Oludeniz in October: highs in Ankara hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

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.
Take a break from Goreme with a short trip to Kaymakli Underground City in Derinkuyu, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, see Off-Road Tours, and explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Goreme holiday planner.

Getting from Ankara to Goreme by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Ankara in October, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Istanbul

— 8 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 striking features of Hagia Sophia, take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul vacation 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 October, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are much warmer (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · 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.