15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Antalya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Selcuk
— 2 nights
6
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Istanbul
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Karachi


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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.
On the 13th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Suleymaniye Cami . Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul journey planner.

Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Karachi to Istanbul, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Istanbul are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Goreme route planning website .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in May, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Goreme. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©

2
nights
Antalya

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
On the 17th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Duden Waterfalls, then go for a stroll along the water at Harbour District/ Antalya Marina, and then wander the streets of Kaleici. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yivli Minaret Mosque, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Antalya Aquarium, and then see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Antalya road trip planning website .

You can fly from Goreme to Antalya in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Antalya, with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums
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Duden Waterfalls ©
Duden Waterfalls
Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi

1
night
Oludeniz

Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach), and then contemplate the long history of Downtown Fethiye.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Oludeniz trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Antalya to Oludeniz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Beaches Adventure

Side Trip

Downtown Fethiye
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Downtown Fethiye ©
Downtown Fethiye

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 20th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of The Terrace Houses, and finally stop by La Tulip Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Sirince Koyu, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and then stroll through Pamucak Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Selcuk takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Sirince Koyu
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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

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Hierapolis & Pamukkale and Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Visit Anatolia Cemetery and Aphrodisias for their historical value. Take a break from Pamukkale with a short trip to Afrodisias Museum in Karacasu, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Cleopatra Pools, explore the ancient world of Laodikeia, and take a stroll through Karahayit.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip planner.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Denizli, Afrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Cleopatra Pools ©
Cleopatra Pools

1
night
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
On the 25th (Sat), wander the streets of Ortakoy and then contemplate the long history of Galata Tower.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul vacation planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy
Galata Tower ©
Galata Tower

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