11 days in Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Turkey Itinerary

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11 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
3
Dalyan
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Pamukkale
— 1 night
6
Cesme
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Kuwait City

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the landmark architecture of Suleymaniye Cami , slough off your stress at Turkish baths, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Istanbul itinerary planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Kuwait City in July, expect Istanbul to be colder, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy

1
night
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 (Fri): stop by Turquoise Rugs & Bags, stop by Cappadocia Dowry Carpet, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in August, expect nights in Goreme to be a bit cooler, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dalyan.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Dowry Carpet ©
Cappadocia Dowry Carpet
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

1
day
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.
On the 4th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Lycian Rock Tombs, then explore the ancient world of Kaunos, then explore the ancient world of Dalyan, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Iztuzu Beach.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dalyan travel route planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Dalyan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Dalyan. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Dalyan

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Dalyan
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Iztuzu Beach ©
Iztuzu Beach
Kaunos ©
Kaunos
Dalyan ©
Dalyan

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag and then enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach).

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Oludeniz trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Dalyan to Oludeniz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Oludeniz are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach) ©
Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach)
Babadag ©
Babadag

1
night
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 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Hierapolis & Pamukkale, take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then take a memorable drive along Road to Pamukkale.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Pamukkale online vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cesme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Hierapolis & Pamukkale ©
Hierapolis & Pamukkale
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools

1
night
Cesme

Cesme ©
The ancient coastal town of Cesme has managed to preserve its natural beauty, even after many years as one of the most popular beach resorts in Turkey's Aegean Region.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): kick back and relax at Cesme AltInkum Beach, then admire the striking features of Cesme Castle, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Babylon.

For other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Cesme trip planning app .

You can drive from Pamukkale to Cesme in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August in Cesme, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Cesme

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Cesme AltInkum Beach ©
Cesme AltInkum Beach
Cesme Castle ©
Cesme Castle

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 8th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate, contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of The Terrace Houses, then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally delve into the distant past at Celsus Kutuphanesi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): stroll through Pamucak Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Basilica of Saint John, and then steep yourself in history at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk online vacation planner .

Getting from Cesme to Selcuk by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cesme to Selcuk is 1 hour. Traveling from Cesme in August, expect nights in Selcuk to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 41°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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The Terrace Houses ©
The Terrace Houses
The Basilica of Saint John ©
The Basilica of Saint John
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus

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