16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  25​h
1
Urgup, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
2
Kas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
4
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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.
Goreme National Park and Gore Harabeleri are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Balloon Rides and Cappadocia Cave Dwellings. There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme and stop by Arts & Crafts Cappadocia.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Urgup trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Urgup is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Sydney to Urgup due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in November, things will get cooler in Urgup: highs are around 16°C and lows about 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Kas.

Things to do in Urgup

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Goreme, Gore Harabeleri
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme

1
night
Kas

Kas ©
An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
On the 23rd (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kekova Sound, and then explore the ancient world of Sura Ancient City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Atelier Thalia, then enjoy the sand and surf at Flora Boat, and then view the masterpieces at Tugra Art Gallery.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kas sightseeing planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Urgup to Kas in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Urgup in November, expect Kas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 25°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Sura Ancient City
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Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Flora Boat ©
Flora Boat
Atelier Thalia ©
Atelier Thalia

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.
On the 25th (Mon), take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and finally contemplate the long history of Hierapolis. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, then get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, and then explore the ancient world of Laodikeia.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale travel planner .

You can drive from Kas to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Laodikeia
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

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.
Ancient City of Ephesus and Bibliotheque de Celsus are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu and Ephesus Terrace Houses are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), shop like a local with Antiqueche de Scalanova, steep yourself in history at Public Latrine, and make a trip to Arcadian Way.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Selcuk journey planner .

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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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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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 Istiklal Street. Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, wander the streets of Taksim Square, get engrossed in the history at Rumeli Fortress, and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Istanbul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Selcuk in November: highs in Istanbul hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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