13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

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13 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Istanbul
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Fethiye
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Selcuk
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Urgup, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
6
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then explore the galleries of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and finally take a stroll through Sultanahmet District.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, expect nights in Istanbul to be much hotter, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Fethiye.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

1
day
Fethiye

Fethiye ©
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
On the 31st (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Calis Beach and then explore the activities along Oludeniz.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Fethiye trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Istanbul to Fethiye in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In August in Fethiye, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Fethiye

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Oludeniz ©
Oludeniz

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pamukkale Tandem Paragliding. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the ancient world of Hierapolis & Pamukkale, wander the streets of Karahayit, then delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, and finally glide through the air with Pamukkale Tandem Paragliding. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cleopatra Pools, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale tour builder .

Traveling by car from Fethiye to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Denizli
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Pamukkale Tandem Paragliding ©
Pamukkale Tandem Paragliding

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 3rd (Mon): explore the ancient world of Celsus Kutuphanesi, delve into the distant past at Arcadian Way, then explore the ancient world of The Terrace Houses, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Selcuk trip planner .

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu
Ephesus Terrace Houses ©
Ephesus Terrace Houses

2
nights
Urgup, Cappadocia

Urgup ©
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cappadocia Cave Dwellings. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, then soar above the sights with Royal Balloon, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and finally explore the ancient world of Özkonak Underground City. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Urgup tour itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Selcuk to Urgup by combination of train, flight, and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Selcuk in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Urgup. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goreme, Özkonak Underground City, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, Kocabag Winery
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Royal Balloon ©
Royal Balloon
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

2
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.
You've now added Cappadocia Voyager Balloons to your itinerary. On the 6th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Center and then soak in style at Turkish baths. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, and then enjoy unforgettable views with Cappadocia Voyager Balloons.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Goreme trip itinerary maker website .

Goreme is just a stone's throw from Urgup. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Uchisar Castle
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Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle
Cappadocia Voyager Balloons ©
Cappadocia Voyager Balloons

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