15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  12​h
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Uzungol
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
3
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Kusadasi
— 3 nights
5
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
6
Rize
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Houston


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2
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.
On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Rustem Pasha Mosque.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul road trip planning app .

Houston, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Houston in November, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are little chillier, around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Uzungol.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

1
night
Uzungol

Uzungol
Uzungöl is a lake situated to the south of the city of Trabzon, in the Çaykara district of Trabzon Province, Turkey. On the 26th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Sarikaya Yaylasi.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Uzungol journey planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Istanbul to Uzungol. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Goreme.

Things to do in Uzungol

Parks Wildlife
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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.
On the 27th (Wed), enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, get engrossed in the history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, and then get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley). On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park and then learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Goreme road trip planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Uzungol to Goreme. In November, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kocabag Winery
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Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides

3
nights
Kusadasi

Kusadasi ©
Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Ladies Beach, explore the ancient world of The Basilica of Saint John, delve into the distant past at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, and finally delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dilek National Park, take a stroll through Sirince Koyu, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Kusadasi online tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Goreme to Kusadasi in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Goreme, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Kusadasi, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Selcuk, Sirince Koyu
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

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.
Let the collections at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi and Ataturk & Ethnography Museum capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hierapolis and Byzantine Church. Go for a jaunt from Pamukkale to Geyre to see Aphrodisias about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, take a stroll through Karahayit, delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Kusadasi to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kusadasi to Pamukkale is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rize.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Denizli, Aphrodisias
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

1
night
Rize

Rize ©
Rize is the capital city of Rize Province in the eastern part of the Black Sea Region of Turkey.NameThe name comes from Greek (riza) or Ριζαίον (Rizaion), meaning "mountain slopes". Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the activities along Firtina Deresi, then appreciate the views at Ayder Yaylasi, and then explore the historical opulence of Zilkale. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Palovit Selalesi, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then examine the collection at Ataturk House & Ethnography Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rize vacation builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pamukkale to Rize. In December, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rize

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trip

Camlihemsin
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Ayder Yaylasi ©
Ayder Yaylasi
River Rafting & Tubing
Ataturk House & Ethnography Museum ©

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