18 days in Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Selcuk
— 3 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Fethiye
— 1 night
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Istanbul
— 4 nights
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Kastamonu
— 3 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Selcuk

— 3 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, delve into the distant past at Temple of Hadrian, relax and rejuvenate at Selcuk hamam, and cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip itinerary planning tool.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Selcuk is an approximately 7-hour flight. When traveling from Kuwait City in July, plan for much colder days in Selcuk, with highs around 41°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums
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Pamukkale

— 2 nights

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.
On the 11th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave. On your second day here, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery and then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Pamukkale day trip planner.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Adventure
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Fethiye

— 1 night
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Fethiye trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Fethiye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Fethiye are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Fethiye

Outdoors · Parks · Spas · Beaches

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Istanbul

— 4 nights

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Fethiye to Istanbul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Fethiye in July, plan for slightly colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kastamonu.

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Kastamonu

— 3 nights
Kastamonu is the capital district of the Kastamonu Province, Turkey. Step out of Kastamonu to go to Cankiri and see Kirkpinar Yaylasi, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Liva Pasa Mansion Ethnography Museum and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nasrullah Mosque.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Istanbul to Kastamonu. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Kastamonu

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 4 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.
Explore Goreme's surroundings by going to Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City). Next up on the itinerary: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, contemplate the long history of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kastamonu to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In July, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

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Turkey travel guide

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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.