21 days in Turkey Itinerary

21 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Istanbul
— 6 nights
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Dalyan
— 2 nights
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Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kas
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
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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.
Step out of Goreme to go to Derinkuyu and see Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, which is approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic natural features at Love Valley, get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, and see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Goreme online attractions planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Goreme is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Jeddah in August, you will find days in Goreme are little chillier (38°C), and nights are colder (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

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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, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, and explore the world behind art at Chora Museum.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Dalyan.

Things to do in Istanbul

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 21:

Dalyan

— 2 nights
Although it once seemed destined to become a stereotypical coastal resort, Dalyan remains unspoiled by commercial tourism because of its location within an environmentally protected area.
On the 22nd (Sun), stop by Epoca Carpet and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront activity at Marmaris Marina and then kick back and relax at Iztuzu Beach 2.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dalyan attractions planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Dalyan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Dalyan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): Head underground at Mavi Magara, enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Oludeniz. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Babadag, take in breathtaking views at Saklikent Milli Parki, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Gizlikent Selalesi.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Dalyan to Oludeniz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Kas

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): head off the coast to Island of Kekova, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then don't miss a visit to Lions Tomb. On the next day, kick back and relax at Patara Plajı, then take in the waterfront activity at Kalekoy Harbour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kas travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Kas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Kas, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Kas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:

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 28th (Sat), stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip maker website.

Drive from Kas to Pamukkale in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:

Selcuk

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally stop by La Tulip Art Gallery. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and then delve into the distant past at Public Latrine.

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Getting from Pamukkale to Selcuk by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Selcuk can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 31:

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.