15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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

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.
On the 26th (Thu), stop by La Tulip Art Gallery and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Basilica of Saint John. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Celsus Kutuphanesi, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then explore the ancient world of The Terrace Houses, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

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

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Selcuk is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Kuwait City in July, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Selcuk: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cesme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Ladies Beach
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
The Basilica of Saint John ©
The Basilica of Saint John
Ladies Beach ©
Ladies Beach

1
night
Cesme

Cesme
The ancient coastal town of Cesme has managed to preserve its natural beauty, even after many years as one of the most popular beach resorts in Turkey's Aegean Region.
On the 29th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Ilica Plaji and then kick back and relax at Babylon.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cesme trip site .

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Cesme takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Selcuk to Cesme due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Selcuk, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cesme, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Cesme

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Hierapolis & Pamukkale, then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then head outdoors with Road to Pamukkale.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Cesme to Pamukkale in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cesme to Pamukkale. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Pamukkale

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach).

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Oludeniz online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Oludeniz takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Oludeniz can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dalyan.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach) ©
Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach)
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
Dalyan

Dalyan ©
Although it once seemed destined to become a stereotypical coastal resort, Dalyan remains unspoiled by commercial tourism because of its location within an environmentally protected area.
On the 1st (Wed), explore the ancient world of Lycian Rock Tombs, delve into the distant past at Kaunos, then delve into the distant past at Dalyan, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Iztuzu Beach.

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Drive from Oludeniz to Dalyan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Dalyan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Dalyan

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Dalyan
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Iztuzu Beach ©
Iztuzu Beach
Kaunos ©
Kaunos
Dalyan ©
Dalyan

1
night
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 2nd (Thu), look for gifts at Alaturca Carpet, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Goreme trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Dalyan to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Dalyan in August, Goreme is little chillier at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Alaturca Taner
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

6
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Dalia Beach and Solar Plajı. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take a stroll through Ortakoy, and soak in style at Turkish baths.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Goreme in August, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy
Turkish Baths

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