15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Ferry to Male, Fly to Istanbul Ataturk
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Istanbul
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Antalya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
Drive
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Bodrum City
— 3 nights
Fly
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Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly to Male, Ferry to Male

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Istanbul

Queen of Cities

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.
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Male, Maldives to Istanbul is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Male to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Male in July, with lows around 23°C. On the 11th (Sun), you'll travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Goreme National Park and Soganli Valley. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zelve Open Air Museum and Zemi Valley. There's still lots to do: appreciate the views at Red Valley, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, ride a horse along Lucky Horse Ranch, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in July, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Antalya

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): stop by Ataturk Boulevard, admire the landmark architecture of Yivli Minaret Mosque, and then stroll through Mermerli Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beldibi Yeni Merkez Cami, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls.

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Getting from Goreme to Antalya by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, Antalya is somewhat warmer than Goreme - with highs of 41°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Pamukkale

Cotton Castle

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.
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You can drive from Antalya to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. You will leave for Bodrum City on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours
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Bodrum City

— 3 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Castle of St. Peter and Myndos Gate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bitez Beach and Torba Plaji. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Yahsi Beach, revel in the low prices at Moden Leather Shop, and do a tasting at Vinbodrum.

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Drive from Pamukkale to Bodrum City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Bodrum City are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Istanbul

— 5 nights

Queen of Cities

Your day by day itinerary now includes Karakoy Rihtim, Galata Tower, Bosphorus Strait, and other attractions you added. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hagia Sophia and Cinili Mosque. See some other sides of Istanbul: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque and wander the streets of Istiklal Caddesi.

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Traveling by flight from Bodrum City to Istanbul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Bodrum City in July: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 34°C and lows are around 23°C. You will leave for home on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in Istanbul

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Turkey travel guide

4.4
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.5
History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.