17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

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17 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Lahore
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Izmir
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
2
Selcuk
— 3 nights
3
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
4
Marmaris
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Antalya
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Lahore


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1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Tarihi Asansor, make a trip to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), and then make a trip to Konak Square.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Izmir route planner .

Lahore, Pakistan to Izmir is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Lahore to Izmir, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Lahore in August: highs in Izmir hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks
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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: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, steep yourself in history at Public Latrine, and cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip planner.

Getting from Izmir to Selcuk by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Izmir in August: high temperatures in Selcuk hover around 41°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks 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

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 9th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pamukkale Natural Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then take a memorable drive along Road to Pamukkale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis & Pamukkale, and then explore the activities along Cleopatra Pools.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Marmaris.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Laodikeia
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Natural Park ©
Pamukkale Natural Park

1
night
Marmaris

Marmaris ©
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stop by Latina Goldsmith, then stop by Kurt Jewellery, then stroll through Icmeler Beach, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Marmaris Marina.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Marmaris trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Pamukkale to Marmaris in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, daytime highs in Marmaris are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Icmeler
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Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach
Marmaris Marina ©
Marmaris Marina
Latina Goldsmiths ©
Latina Goldsmiths

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 12th (Sun): kick back and relax at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach) and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Oludeniz day trip site .

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Oludeniz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Babadag ©
Babadag
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI

1
night
Antalya

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
On the 13th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, then stop by Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, and then admire the sheer force of Duden Waterfalls.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Antalya trip planner .

Drive from Oludeniz to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Oludeniz in August since evenings lows in Antalya dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks Nature Museums
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Duden Waterfalls ©
Duden Waterfalls
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi

3
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 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by Galerie Faruk, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and explore by horseback at Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Goreme trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Antalya to Goreme takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antalya in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Goreme, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Goreme in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around 34°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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