8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul — 2 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hagia Sophia Mosque and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Step out of the city life by going to Deepist Diving & Travel and Bosphorus Strait. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, take a stroll through Ortakoy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and admire the landmark architecture of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip maker app.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, Istanbul is cooler than Dubai - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Selcuk.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Selcuk — 1 night

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 29th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, and then steep yourself in history at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Selcuk online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Selcuk in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Istanbul in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Selcuk, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.
Historic Sites
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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.
On the 30th (Tue), soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip planner.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kas.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 30:

Kas — 1 night

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.
On the 31st (Wed), stroll through Kaputas Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then soak in style at Spa Marin.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kas sightseeing planning site.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Kas in 4 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 up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Oludeniz.
Outdoors · Baths · Parks · Tours
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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 1st (Thu), soak in style at Turkish baths, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oludeniz PlajI, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Oludeniz trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kas to Oludeniz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Oludeniz, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.
Outdoors · Baths · Parks · Spas
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Turkey travel guide

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.