18 days in Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly to Adnan Menderes International Airport, Drive to Selcuk
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Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive
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Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly

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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 plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk trip itinerary maker.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Selcuk is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. In May, Selcuk is much colder than Dammam - with highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:

Oludeniz

— 2 nights
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
On the 18th (Tue), get outside with Outdoor Activities, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oludeniz PlajI. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Lycian Way, then take in the awesome beauty at Babadag, and then stop by Anadolu el Sanatlari.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Oludeniz online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Oludeniz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Oludeniz can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soar above the sights with a balloon tour and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Goreme takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 25:

Istanbul

— 6 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul journey builder tool.

You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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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.