15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Taipei
Fly:  26​h
1
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
2
Oludeniz
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
3
Kas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Taipei

2
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

Goreme ©
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Goreme Acikhava Muzesi and Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Center. Get some cultural insight at Goreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Change things up with a short trip to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore by horseback at Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, look for gifts at Alaturca Taner, get interesting insight from Tours, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip itinerary planning site .

Taipei, Taiwan to Goreme is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Taipei to Goreme. Traveling from Taipei in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Goreme, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Ortahisar, Uchisar, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme

1
day
Oludeniz

Oludeniz ©
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 13th (Tue): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach), and then hike along Lycian Way.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Goreme to Oludeniz in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Oludeniz, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

The Lycian Way
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Kas

An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Atelier Thalia, enjoy the sand and surf at Flora Boat, then view the masterpieces at Tugra Art Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Kaputas Beach. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Plan trip to Kas with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Oludeniz to Kas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Kas sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Flora Boat ©
Flora Boat

2
nights
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
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 16th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Cleopatra Pools, and finally explore the ancient world of Hierapolis & Pamukkale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then get outside with Road to Pamukkale, then get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, and finally Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Pamukkale vacation planner .

Drive from Kas to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

2
nights
Selcuk

Selcuk ©
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 18th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, and finally delve into the distant past at The Terrace Houses. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, explore the ancient world of Arcadian Way, explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, then don't miss a visit to Curetes Street, then explore the ancient world of The Basilica of Saint John, and finally kick back and relax at Pamucak Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Pamukkale to Selcuk by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Selcuk sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

3
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
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.
Sultanahmet District and Sultan Ahmed Mosque will appeal to history buffs. Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Modern Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, take a stroll through Taksim Square, and take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya).

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planning website .

Fly from Selcuk to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Selcuk in August, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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