18 days in Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Turkey Itinerary

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18 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Istanbul
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
2
Bursa
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Izmir
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Marmaris
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Kas
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Antalya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Alanya
— 1 day
bus:  3​h 45​min
10
Konya
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
12
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Dubai

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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.
For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul day trip site .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in August, expect Istanbul to be cooler, temps between 34°C and 25°C. You'll set off for Bursa on the 2nd (Fri).

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours Nightlife Shopping
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Bursa

Bursa
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yesil Camii, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yildirim Bayezit Mosque (Yildirim Bayezit Camii), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulu Cami.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bursa trip builder app .

Drive from Istanbul to Bursa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Bursa, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Izmir.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites
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Izmir

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hisar Mosque, then make a trip to Tarihi Asansor, and then stroll through Pirlanta Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), then wander the streets of Kemeralti Market, then take in the waterfront at Kordonboyu, and finally walk around Izmir Wild Life Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Izmir trip maker app .

Drive from Bursa to Izmir in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, Izmir is little chillier than Bursa - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Izmir Wild Life Park ©
Izmir Wild Life Park
Tarihi Asansor ©
Tarihi Asansor
Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower) ©
Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower)

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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.
To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip planner.

You can drive from Izmir to Selcuk in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Izmir in August: high temperatures in Selcuk hover around 41°C and lows are around 26°C. On the 5th (Mon), you'll travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Tours Historic Sites Shopping
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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.
Hierapolis has been added to your itinerary. On the 25th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Hierapolis. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Pamukkale Winery, get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, then admire the sheer force of Guney Selalesi, and finally admire the sheer force of Ornaz Vadisi.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale day trip site .

Traveling by car from Gumbet to Pamukkale takes 4 hours. On the 28th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Denizli
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Balloon Rides
Pamukkale Balloons ©
Pamukkale Balloons

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Marmaris

Marmaris ©
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
On the 7th (Wed), look for gifts at Trust Gold & Diamonds, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Icmeler Beach, then pause for some photo ops at Marmaris Mountains, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siteler Sirinyer Cami. On the next day, take in the waterfront activity at Marmaris Marina, then explore the activities along Azmak Nehri, and then take a stroll through Datca Peninsula.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Marmaris trip planner .

Getting from Pamukkale to Marmaris by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Icmeler, Azmak Nehri
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Marmaris Marina ©
Marmaris Marina
Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach
Siteler Sirinyer Cami ©
Siteler Sirinyer Cami

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Kas

An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
On the 9th (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kas trip planning app .

You can drive from Marmaris to Kas in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Kas, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Antalya.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Lions Tomb ©
Lions Tomb

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Antalya

Antalya ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Greek Amphitheater.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Antalya trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Kas to Antalya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Antalya when traveling from Kas in August, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Alanya.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Greek Amphitheater
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Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Greek Amphitheater ©
Greek Amphitheater
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi

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Alanya

A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Kleopatra Beach, and then see the interesting displays at Alanya Arkeoloji Muzesi.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Alanya route planner .

Traveling by car from Antalya to Alanya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Konya.

Things to do in Alanya

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Kleopatra Beach ©
Kleopatra Beach
Alanya Arkeoloji Muzesi ©
Alanya Arkeoloji Muzesi

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Konya

Konya ©
The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Konya trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Alanya to Konya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Goreme.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites Museums
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Mevlana Muzesi ©
Mevlana Muzesi
Selimiye Mosque ©
Selimiye Mosque

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Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): look for gifts at Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme day trip planner.

Drive from Konya to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Goreme are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

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Istanbul

Istanbul ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then appreciate the history behind Sultanahmet Square, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally walk around Gulhane Park. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Goreme in August, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Outdoors Tours Museums
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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