17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
— 5 nights


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.
Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, browse the exhibits of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Goreme visit planner.

Dallas, USA to Goreme is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Turkey Time is 9 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Dallas in June: highs in Goreme hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to fly to Selcuk.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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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: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, examine the collection at Camlik Locomotive Museum, admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain, and stop by La Tulip Art Gallery.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk trip planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in June, expect Selcuk to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Hierapolis and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): push the limits with an extreme tour, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Oludeniz.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag and then trek along The Lycian Way.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Oludeniz in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Spas
Side Trip
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Istanbul — 5 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 historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary app.

Fly from Oludeniz to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Oludeniz in June, plan for little chillier days in Istanbul, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Turkey travel guide

Ruins · Architectural Buildings · 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.