15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Dalyan
— 1 night
Drive
4
Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Marmaris
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
7
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive to Adnan Menderes International Airport, Fly to Lahore

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kapali Carsi and Jennifer's Hamam. Get a sense of the local culture at Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and admire the landmark architecture of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul tour itinerary maker tool.

Lahore, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lahore to Istanbul is minus 2 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Lahore in May, with highs in Istanbul at 25°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay May 18 — 22:

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, explore the galleries of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. On your second day here, stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles, contemplate the long history of Goreme National Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Goreme travel route planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Goreme, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Dalyan.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 24:

Dalyan

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dalyan Cami, then kick back and relax at Iztuzu Beach 2, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally view the masterpieces at Dalyan Spirit Gift&Speciality Shop.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Dalyan holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Dalyan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Goreme in May, Dalyan is a bit warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Dalyan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 24 — 25:

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 26th (Wed), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oludeniz PlajI, and then look for gifts at Desire Jewellery. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Calis Beach, kick back and relax at Patara Plajı, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Oludeniz trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dalyan to Oludeniz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 27:

Marmaris

— 2 nights
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siteler Sirinyer Cami, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Icmeler Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Marmaris Beach. On the next day, stop by Trust Gold & Diamond Jewellery, then kick back and relax at Turunc Sahil, and then go for a stroll along the water at Marmaris Marina.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Marmaris tour website.

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Marmaris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 27 — 29:

Pamukkale

— 1 night

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 30th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale trip planner.

You can drive from Marmaris to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 29 — 30:

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): delve into the distant past at Temple of Hadrian, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally look for gifts at Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Selcuk driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Selcuk sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.