16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  9​h
1
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Olympos
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Fethiye
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Gallipoli
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Sydney


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3
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Center, then steep yourself in history at Goreme Acikhava Muzesi, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Goreme trip itinerary website .

London, UK to Goreme is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Goreme is 3 hours. When traveling from London in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Olympos.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme

1
day
Olympos

Olympos ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): kick back and relax at Adrasan Koyu and then steep yourself in history at Olympos Ruins.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Olympos trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Goreme to Olympos. Traveling from Goreme in July, expect Olympos to be a bit warmer, temps between 41°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fethiye.

Things to do in Olympos

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Adrasan Koyu
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Adrasan Koyu ©
Adrasan Koyu
Olympos Ruins ©
Olympos Ruins

2
nights
Fethiye

A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then soak in style at Turkish baths. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Downtown Fethiye, then enjoy the sand and surf at Iztuzu Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Dalyan.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fethiye trip builder website .

Drive from Olympos to Fethiye in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Olympos in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Fethiye, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Fethiye

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Oludeniz, Iztuzu Beach 2, Caunos Tombs of the Kings
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2

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.
On the 8th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pamukkale Natural Park, then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis & Pamukkale, and then take in the natural beauty of Cleopatra Pools. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Kaklik Cave, then cruise along Road to Pamukkale, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Fethiye to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

1
day
Gallipoli

Gallipoli
The Gallipoli peninsula is located in the southern part of East Thrace, the European part of Turkey, with the Aegean Sea to the west and the Dardanelles strait to the east.Gallipoli is the Italian form of the Greek name "Καλλίπολις" (Kallípolis), meaning "Beautiful City", the original name of the modern town of Gelibolu. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): witness the site of a historic battle at Gallipoli National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Gallipoli trip planner .

Getting from Pamukkale to Gallipoli by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and contemplate the long history of Galata Tower.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Gallipoli to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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