15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum.

To see photos and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul road trip website.

Cape Town, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 21:

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 22nd (Fri): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery and then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Kaklik Cave, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Pamukkale online travel route planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:

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.
On the 24th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Heracles Gate and then delve into the distant past at Public Latrine. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Selcuk day trip planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

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.
Spend the 26th (Tue) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and see Off-Road Tours.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Goreme trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Selcuk in October, with highs in Goreme at 24°C and lows at 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 29:

Turkey travel guide

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Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.