15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Ankara
Bus + Fly:  3 h
1
Istanbul
— 8 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Selcuk
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
End: Ankara

8
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 museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planning site.

Ankara to Istanbul is an approximately 3- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Ankara in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
nights
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 10th (Mon), explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale journey planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Balloon Rides
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis

4
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain, and make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk trip maker website.

Getting from Pamukkale to Selcuk by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA ©
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA
Temple of Hadrian
Temple of Hadrian

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