16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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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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Istanbul
— 5 nights
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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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, step into the grandiose world of Uchisar Castle, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Goreme online route planner.

Moscow, Russia to Goreme is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Moscow in September, expect nights in Goreme to be a bit warmer, around 13°C, while days are much warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Selcuk.
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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 trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, delve into the distant past at Temple of Hadrian, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and stop by La Tulip Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk road trip planning website.

You can fly from Goreme to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Goreme in October; daily highs in Selcuk reach 28°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.
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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 (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, 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 next day: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Oludeniz.
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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 (Sat), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Oludeniz, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI. On your second day here, see where the ancients bathed at Lycian D Spa & Turkish Bath, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag, and then stop by Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Oludeniz road trip site.

Drive from Pamukkale to Oludeniz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Oludeniz are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to fly to Istanbul.
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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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, browse the exhibits of Galata Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul attractions planner.

Fly from Oludeniz to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Oludeniz in October since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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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.
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