12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey sightseeing planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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

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.
On the 20th (Sat), admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): look for gifts at Arts & Crafts Cappadocia, Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme online trip itinerary planner .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Goreme is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Kuwait City in July, things will get much colder in Goreme: highs are around 37°C and lows about 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

1
day
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 23rd (Tue): walk around Oludeniz, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oludeniz PlajI, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Goreme to Oludeniz takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Oludeniz. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Oludeniz
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Oludeniz ©
Oludeniz

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 24th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, explore the ancient world of Public Latrine, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, then explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, then examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, and finally cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk trip planner .

Getting from Oludeniz to Selcuk by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus

2
nights
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 26th (Fri), soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, head outdoors with Pamukkale Balloons, and then Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors Nature Parks
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Pamukkale Balloons ©
Pamukkale Balloons

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker 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. In July, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

Similar Plans

16 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM CANADA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM TURKEY July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM TURKEY May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM POLAND June, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN January, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Turkey & Greece BY A USER FROM BANGLADESH October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans