21 days in Turkey Itinerary

21 days in Turkey Itinerary

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21 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  19​h
1
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Adrasan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Kas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Selcuk
— 4 nights
6
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Cape Town

2
nights
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.
Visit Goreme National Park and Vaftizci Yahya Kilisesi for their historical value. Goreme Acikhava Muzesi and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, take in the exciting artwork at Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Center, and get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Goreme trip maker website .

Cape Town, South Africa to Goreme is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in October, things will get slightly colder in Goreme: highs are around 24°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Adrasan.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Vaftizci Yahya Kilisesi, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme

1
night
Adrasan

Adrasan ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Bucht Von Adrasan and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Adrasan Koyu. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Cirali Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Adrasan Sahili.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Adrasan itinerary tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Goreme to Adrasan. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Goreme in October: high temperatures in Adrasan hover around 31°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Adrasan

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cirali Beach
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Adrasan Koyu ©
Adrasan Koyu
Cirali Beach ©
Cirali Beach

2
nights
Kas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Narr Beach and then head outdoors with Flora Boat. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Patara Plajı, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Lions Tomb.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kas travel planner .

Traveling by car from Adrasan to Kas takes 2 hours. October in Kas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Kas

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Patara Plajı
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Flora Boat ©
Flora Boat
Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Lions Tomb ©
Lions Tomb

1
night
Oludeniz

Oludeniz ©
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): soak in style at Turkish baths, kick back and relax at Billy's Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach).

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Oludeniz day trip site .

Traveling by car from Kas to Oludeniz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Oludeniz are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Billy's Beach
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Turkish Baths
Billy's Beach ©
Billy's Beach

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.
Let the collections at Ephesus Museum and Camlik Locomotive Museum capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Ancient City of Ephesus and Bibliotheque de Celsus. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, enjoy the sand and surf at Pamucak Beach, don't miss a visit to Arcadian Way, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip builder site .

Getting from Oludeniz to Selcuk by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Selcuk can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Beaches
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Hierapolis & Pamukkale, then take in the natural beauty of Cleopatra Pools, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and finally contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then stroll through Pamukkale Natural Park.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale day trip site .

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) and Basilica Cistern. Visit Sultanahmet District and Sultan Ahmed Mosque for their historical value. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate the long history of Rumeli Fortress, admire the striking features of Suleymaniye Cami , and enjoy the sand and surf at Dalia Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Istanbul holiday tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In November in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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