24 days in Turkey Itinerary

24 days in Turkey Itinerary

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24 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Selcuk
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Oludeniz
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Istanbul
— 7 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
5
Urgup, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Riyadh

5
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.
Family-friendly places like Killik Koyu and Claros Plaji will thrill your kids. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ayasoluk Castle and Grotto of the Seven Sleepers. Venture out of the city with trips to Magnesia Antik Kenti (in Germencik) and Odemis (Golcuk Golu & Birgi AydInoglu Mehmet Bey Camii). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate, see the interesting displays at Turkish Bath Museum, ponder the design of Trajan's Fountain, and kick back and relax at Pamucak Beach.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Selcuk trip itinerary maker tool .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Selcuk is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Riyadh in August: highs in Selcuk hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Odemis, Killik Koyu, Claros Plaji, Magnesia Antik Kenti
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Trajan's Fountain ©
Trajan's Fountain
Heracles Gate ©
Heracles Gate
Baths of Varius ©
Baths of Varius

3
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Xanthos Antik Kenti and Pinara Antique City. Get some cultural insight at Old Town and Ancient Rock Tombes. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Gravity Tandem Paragliding, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor, and Head underground at Mavi Magara.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Oludeniz planner .

Drive from Selcuk to Oludeniz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Selcuk in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Oludeniz: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fethiye, Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor, Xanthos Antik Kenti
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Gravity Tandem Paragliding ©
Gravity Tandem Paragliding
Ancient Rock Tombes ©
Ancient Rock Tombes
Xanthos Antik Kenti ©
Xanthos Antik Kenti

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Aquamall AVM and Babadaglilar Ishani. Get in touch with nature at Ornaz Vadisi and Karahayit Aglayan Kaya. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pamukkale: Denizli (Sumer Joy Park & Teras Park Alisveris Merkezi). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Forum Camlik, get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, walk around Adalet Parki, and do a tasting at Pamukkale Winery.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip planner .

You can drive from Oludeniz to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trip

Denizli
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Forum Camlik ©
Forum Camlik
Karahayit Aglayan Kaya ©
Karahayit Aglayan Kaya
Guney Selalesi ©
Guney Selalesi

7
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yeni Camii and Rustem Pasha Mosque. Attractions like Eyup Sultan Mosque and Kisirkaya Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Istanbul side-trips: Altinkemer Local Beach (in Karamursel), Su Dusen Selalesi (in Termal) and Eriklitepe Tabiat Parki (in Basiskele). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi, look for gifts at Jennifer's Hamam, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pierre Loti Tepesi, and wander the streets of Eminonu Square.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Altinkemer Local Beach, Delmece Yaylasi, Su Dusen Selalesi, Eriklitepe Tabiat Parki, Merkez Eyup Sultan Camii
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Balloon Rides
Yeni Camii ©
Yeni Camii
Eyup Sultan Mosque ©
Eyup Sultan Mosque

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zelve Open Air Museum and Horseback Riding Tours. Get some historical perspective at Mazi Yeralti Sehri and AsmaliKonak. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Peri Bacalari, appreciate the views at Red Valley, learn about winemaking at Turasan Sarapcilik, and explore the ancient world of Sobesos Ancient City.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Urgup day trip app .

You can fly from Istanbul to Urgup in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Urgup: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nevsehir, Goreme, Avanos, Soganli Valley
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Peri Bacalari ©
Peri Bacalari
Zelve Open Air Museum ©
Zelve Open Air Museum
Horseback Riding Tours

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