14 days in Turkey Itinerary

14 days in Turkey Itinerary

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14 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  15​h
1
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
2
Oludeniz
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Pamukkale
— 1 night
4
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Cape Town

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and wander the streets of Sultanahmet District.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip maker tool .

Cape Town, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Cape Town in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stroll through Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach) and then take in the awesome beauty at Babadag.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Oludeniz trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Istanbul to Oludeniz takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in September: highs in Oludeniz hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Babadag ©
Babadag
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI

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.
On the 29th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Hierapolis & Pamukkale, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then head outdoors with Road to Pamukkale.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Pamukkale holiday builder .

You can drive from Oludeniz to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

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

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA and Ladies Beach. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, steep yourself in history at Public Latrine, don't miss a visit to Arcadian Way, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Selcuk sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ladies Beach
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA ©
Ladies Beach ©
Ladies Beach

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.
Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. And it doesn't end there: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, surround yourself with nature on Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, and Head underground at Uchisar Castle.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme day trip website .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Selcuk to Goreme takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Selcuk in October: high temperatures in Goreme hover around 24°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, Uchisar Castle, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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