20 days in Turkey Itinerary

20 days in Turkey Itinerary

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20 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  4​h
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
3
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Kas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Dalyan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Icmeler
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Selcuk
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Berlin

4
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.
Visit Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami . There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, wander the streets of Taksim Square, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul travel planning tool .

Berlin, Germany to Istanbul is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Berlin to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Goreme National Park and Off-Road & ATV Trails. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings and Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki, explore by horseback at Lucky Horse Ranch, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and stop by Chez Bircan Pottery.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Goreme online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Istanbul in December since evenings lows in Goreme dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Urgup, Chez Bircan Pottery
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Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki ©
Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, and finally delve into the distant past at Hierapolis. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, head outdoors with Pamukkale Balloons, and then explore the ancient world of Laodikeia.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Laodikeia
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

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 12th (Thu): kick back and relax at Kaputas Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Sunken City Ruins of Simena, kick back and relax at Kekova Sound, and then stop by Atelier Thalia.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Kas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kas are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Sunken City Ruins of Simena
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Atelier Thalia ©
Atelier Thalia

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Sat), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI, and then look for gifts at Soap Lady Oludeniz.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz road trip tool .

You can drive from Kas to Oludeniz in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Oludeniz can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dalyan.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Adventure Beaches
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Parasailing & Paragliding
Soap Lady Oludeniz ©
Soap Lady Oludeniz

1
night
Dalyan

Dalyan ©
Although it once seemed destined to become a stereotypical coastal resort, Dalyan remains unspoiled by commercial tourism because of its location within an environmentally protected area.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): kick back and relax at Iztuzu Beach 2, then view the masterpieces at Gallery Iz, then explore the ancient world of Kaunos, and finally explore the ancient world of Lycian Rock Tombs.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Dalyan vacation planner .

Drive from Oludeniz to Dalyan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Dalyan are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Icmeler.

Things to do in Dalyan

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2
Kaunos ©
Kaunos
Lycian Rock Tombs ©
Lycian Rock Tombs

1
night
Icmeler

Icmeler ©
İçmeler is a popular Turkish holiday resort situated 8 kilometres from Marmaris. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): soak in style at Turkish baths, enjoy the sand and surf at Icmeler Beach, and then stop by Trust Gold & Diamonds.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Icmeler trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Dalyan to Icmeler takes 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dalyan to Icmeler. Traveling from Dalyan in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Icmeler, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Icmeler

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach
Trust Gold & Diamonds ©
Trust Gold & Diamonds

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ancient City of Ephesus and Ephesus Terrace Houses. Museum-lovers will appreciate Antiqueche de Scalanova and Ephesus Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, make a trip to Arcadian Way, steep yourself in history at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Basilica of Saint John.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk trip maker site .

Drive from Icmeler to Selcuk in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Icmeler to Selcuk, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Icmeler in December, things will get a bit cooler in Selcuk: highs are around 15°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

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