12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Kas
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Marmaris
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Bodrum City
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
6
Istanbul
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  15​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, explore the ancient world of Public Latrine, delve into the distant past at The Terrace Houses, delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of The Basilica of Saint John, take a stroll through Sirince Koyu, then explore the ancient world of Celsus Kutuphanesi, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ladies Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk travel planner.

Washington DC, USA to Selcuk is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Selcuk is 8 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in June, plan for little chillier nights in Selcuk, with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Kas.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ladies Beach, Sirince Koyu
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Public Latrine ©
Public Latrine
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Flora Boat, then take in the exciting artwork at LikyaArt, and then kick back and relax at Kaputas Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kas road trip tool .

You can drive from Selcuk to Kas in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Kas

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

1
night
Marmaris

Marmaris ©
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
On the 19th (Wed), stop by Latina Goldsmith, then stop by Ruby, then enjoy the sand and surf at Icmeler Beach, and finally stop by Pasha Fine Jewelery.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Marmaris online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Kas to Marmaris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Marmaris

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Icmeler
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Latina Goldsmiths ©
Latina Goldsmiths
Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach
Pasha Fine Jewelery ©
Pasha Fine Jewelery

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night
Bodrum City

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): kick back and relax at Bitez Beach, get engrossed in the history at Castle of St. Peter, then see the interesting displays at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and finally look for gifts at Socrates.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bodrum City trip planning tool .

Drive from Marmaris to Bodrum City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Marmaris in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 71°F in Bodrum City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter
Bitez Beach ©
Bitez Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Center, soar above the sights with Royal Balloon, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, then get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme vacation planning site .

Getting from Bodrum City to Goreme by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bodrum City in June, with highs in Goreme at 82°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Uchisar Castle
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©

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.
Head to Kapali Carsi and Aponia Storefor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, take a stroll through Sultanahmet District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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