17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey route planner
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Oludeniz
— 1 night
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Kalkan
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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Istanbul
— 6 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): walk around Sehit Fethi Bey ParkI and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oludeniz PlajI. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag, see where the ancients bathed at Lycian D Spa & Turkish Bath, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Oludeniz online trip maker.

Zurich, Switzerland to Oludeniz is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Zurich to Oludeniz, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in August, expect Oludeniz to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kalkan.
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Kalkan — 2 nights

Little more than a quaint fishing village until the 1920s, in the last few decades Kalkan has managed to grow into an upscale vacation destination without succumbing to the pitfalls of mass tourism.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for gifts at Class Leather, and then stroll through Tersane Koyu. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Lions Tomb, enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa Marin, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Tugra Art Gallery.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Kalkan itinerary app.

You can drive from Oludeniz to Kalkan in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Kalkan sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale — 2 nights

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 9th (Tue): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Kaklik Cave, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale road trip app.

You can drive from Kalkan to Pamukkale in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Selcuk.
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Selcuk — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and then explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum and then explore the ancient world of Public Latrine.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can fly to Goreme.
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, slough off your stress at Turkish baths, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Goreme travel planning website.

You can fly from Selcuk to Goreme in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Goreme when traveling from Selcuk in August, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Istanbul.
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Istanbul — 6 nights

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: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner.

Getting from Goreme to Istanbul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Goreme, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough 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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