17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

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17 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
3
Dalyan
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Cesme
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

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.
Get in touch with nature at Dalia Beach and Solar Plajı. Get some historical perspective at Sultanahmet District and Basilica Cistern. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul journey planner .

Tokyo, Japan to Istanbul is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Tokyo to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Istanbul, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Goreme National Park and Goreme Acikhava Muzesi are in your itinerary. Head to Alaturca Carpet and Sultan Carpetfor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, explore by horseback at Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, and look for gifts at Galerie Faruk.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Goreme trip itinerary builder app .

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 August, you will find days in Goreme are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are a bit cooler (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dalyan.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Uchisar, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
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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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): delve into the distant past at Lycian Rock Tombs, explore the ancient world of Kaunos, then delve into the distant past at Dalyan, and finally stroll through Iztuzu Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our 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, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Dalyan, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Dalyan

Beaches Outdoors 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, kick back and relax at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach), and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Kayakoy.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Oludeniz online route planner .

Traveling by car from Dalyan to Oludeniz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Oludeniz can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kayakoy
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Parasailing & Paragliding
Kayakoy ©
Kayakoy

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 23rd (Thu): get outside with Road to Pamukkale, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis & Pamukkale.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip website .

You can drive from Oludeniz to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

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

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.
Visit Ancient City of Ephesus and Celsus Kutuphanesi for their historical value. The Terrace Houses and The Basilica of Saint John are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, make a trip to Curetes Street, and see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip planning tool .

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cesme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): kick back and relax at Cesme AltInkum Beach, then delve into the distant past at Cesme Castle, and then have a few drinks at Babylon.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cesme road trip tool .

You can drive from Selcuk to Cesme in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Selcuk to Cesme, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Selcuk in August: highs in Cesme hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cesme

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

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