15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Erzurum
Fly + Drive:  4 h 45 min
1
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
4
Urgup
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
5
Samsun
— 3 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
End: Erzurum

2
nights
Selcuk

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of Brothel, admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain, and see the interesting displays at Camlik Locomotive Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Selcuk trip planner.

Erzurum to Selcuk is an approximately 5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Erzurum in August, you will find days in Selcuk are somewhat warmer (41°C), and nights are warmer (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA ©
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA
Temple of Hadrian
Temple of Hadrian

2
nights
Pamukkale

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 4th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Balloon Rides
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis

6
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
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 museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Istanbul travel route builder app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Istanbul are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
night
Urgup

A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
On the 12th (Wed), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then steep yourself in history at Goreme National Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Urgup trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Urgup in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in August: highs in Urgup hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Samsun.

Things to do in Urgup

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Goreme
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

3
nights
Samsun

Samsun ©
Samsun is a city on the north coast of Turkey with a population over half a million people. Samsun is known for museums, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Bati Park, see the interesting displays at Bandirma Vapuru Muzesi, identify plant and animal life at Kızılırmak Deltası Kuş Cenneti, and explore the activities along Kizilirmak Deltasi.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Samsun online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Urgup to Samsun in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Urgup in August: highs in Samsun hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Samsun

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Kızılırmak Deltası Kuş Cenneti ©
Kızılırmak Deltası Kuş Cenneti
Samsun Kent Muzesi ©
Samsun Kent Muzesi
Onur Anıtı ©
Onur Anıtı

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