8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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8 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
3
Dalyan
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Kuwait City

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Istiklal Street and then take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Ortakoy, get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Istanbul tour itinerary maker app .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Kuwait City in August, plan for colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 34°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District
Kapali Carsi ©
Kapali Carsi
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stop by Cappadocia Dowry Carpet, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then stroll through Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Goreme road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Dalyan.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
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Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center ©
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
Cappadocia Dowry Carpet ©
Cappadocia Dowry Carpet
Balloon Rides

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Kaunos, then explore the ancient world of Dalyan, and then stroll through Iztuzu Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dalyan attractions planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Dalyan in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Dalyan

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Dalyan
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Iztuzu Beach ©
Iztuzu Beach
Kaunos ©
Kaunos
Dalyan ©
Dalyan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach).

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Oludeniz trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dalyan to Oludeniz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Oludeniz sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach) ©
Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach)
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Celsus Kutuphanesi, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, explore the ancient world of The Terrace Houses, then steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate, and finally stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Pamucak Beach, then delve into the distant past at The Basilica of Saint John, and then contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk trip planner .

You can drive from Oludeniz to Selcuk in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
The Basilica of Saint John ©
The Basilica of Saint John
The Terrace Houses ©
The Terrace Houses

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