16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  15​h
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Izmir
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Cape Town


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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.
Attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Dolmabahce Palace make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Istanbul. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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.
Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. And it doesn't end there: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, stop by Sultan Carpet, take in the exciting artwork at Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Center, and take a memorable tour with Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip planner .

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in October, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, Alaturca Taner, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

2
nights
Izmir

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
On the 15th (Mon), make a trip to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), then don't miss a visit to Tarihi Asansor, and then take a leisurely stroll along Kordonboyu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Agora Open Air Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Cukuralti Halk Plaji, and then wander the streets of Kemeralti Market.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Izmir trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Izmir takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Goreme in October, plan for slightly colder days in Izmir, with highs around 20°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Izmir

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Cukuralti Halk Plaji ©
Cukuralti Halk Plaji
Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower) ©
Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower)
Tarihi Asansor ©
Tarihi Asansor

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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, theme parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, don't miss a visit to Arcadian Way, and contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip builder app .

Drive from Izmir to Selcuk in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Izmir in October, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Selcuk: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA ©
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus

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