23 days in Turkey Itinerary

23 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive
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Uludag National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
Fly
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Trabzon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Uzungol
— 1 night
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Pamukkale

— 3 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.
Step out of Pamukkale to go to Geyre and see Aphrodisias, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale day trip planning tool.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Pamukkale is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uludag National Park.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:

Uludag National Park

— 4 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Uludag National Park: Kupeli Ev (in Cumalikizik), Iznik (Nicaea, Suleyman Pasha Madrasah, &more) and Suuçtu Şelalesi (in Mustafakemalpasa).

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Uludag National Park visit planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Uludag National Park in 6 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Uludag National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 8:

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 landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Uludag National Park to Istanbul takes 3 hours. In July in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 14:

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 5 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.
When in Goreme, make a side trip to see Kaymakli Underground City in Derinkuyu, approximately Derinkuyu away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Goreme, with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Trabzon.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 19:

Trabzon

— 3 nights
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring nature at Surmene Camburnu Tabiat Parki. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ickale Camii, take an in-depth tour of Trabzon Tarihi Muzesi, and view the masterpieces at Karun Hazinesi El Sanatlari Ustasi.

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Getting from Goreme to Trabzon by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Goreme in July: highs in Trabzon hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Uzungol.

Things to do in Trabzon

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:

Uzungol

— 1 night
Uzungöl is a lake situated to the south of the city of Trabzon, in the Çaykara district of Trabzon Province, Turkey. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): stroll through Sarikaya Yaylasi.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Uzungol holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Trabzon to Uzungol takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uzungol

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:
Highlights from your trip

Turkey travel guide

4.4
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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Geologic Formations · National Parks
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.