15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kapali Carsi and Home Spa. Visit Dalia Beach and Solar Plajı for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, soak in style at Turkish baths, and wander the streets of Sultanahmet District.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Istanbul road trip app .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kuwait City in July: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 34°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Goreme National Park and Goreme Acikhava Muzesi. Head to Alaturca Carpet and Cappadocia Dowry Carpetfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, look for gifts at Boutique Carpets, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Goreme trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Goreme. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Dalyan.

Things to do in Goreme

Shopping Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Avanos, Alaturca Taner
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme

1
day
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 4th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Lycian Rock Tombs, then explore the ancient world of Kaunos, then delve into the distant past at Dalyan, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Iztuzu Beach.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Dalyan trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Dalyan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Dalyan, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Dalyan

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Dalyan
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Iztuzu Beach ©
Iztuzu Beach
Kaunos ©
Kaunos

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Lagoon and then enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach).

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Oludeniz trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Dalyan to Oludeniz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Oludeniz are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cesme.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cesme AltInkum Beach, then explore the ancient world of Cesme Castle, and then have a few drinks at Babylon.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cesme trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Oludeniz to Cesme by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. August in Cesme sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Cesme

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Cesme AltInkum Beach ©
Cesme AltInkum Beach
Cesme Castle ©
Cesme Castle

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ancient City of Ephesus and The Terrace Houses. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop and Black Sheep Carpets. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Celsus Kutuphanesi, don't miss a visit to Arcadian Way, contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Basilica of Saint John.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Selcuk itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Cesme to Selcuk takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cesme to Selcuk due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cesme in August, you will find days in Selcuk are somewhat warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
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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

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