16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Istanbul
1
Istanbul
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Bursa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Goreme
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
End: Istanbul

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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul holiday planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Istanbul. In May, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bursa.

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

2
nights
Bursa

Bursa ©
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
On the 2nd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isabey CAMii, examine the collection at Tofas's Bursa Museum Of Anatolian Cars, then get engrossed in the history at Ordekli Culture and Art Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulu Cami. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Somuncu Baba FIrInI ve Cilehanesi, take a peaceful walk through Karacabey Longoz Ormanlari, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of I. Murat Hudavendigar Mosque.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bursa trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Istanbul to Bursa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Bursa are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Osmangazi
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I. Murat Hudavendigar Mosque ©
I. Murat Hudavendigar Mosque
Tofas's Bursa Museum Of Anatolian Cars ©
Tofas's Bursa Museum Of Anatolian Cars
Isabey CAMii ©
Isabey CAMii

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.
On the 4th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Memmius Monument, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, and finally look for gifts at Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Byzantine acquaducts, explore the ancient world of Heracles Gate, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally ponder the design of Trajan's Fountain.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bursa to Selcuk takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight. When traveling from Bursa in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Selcuk, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Trajan's Fountain ©
Trajan's Fountain
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Bagbasi Mesire Yeri, stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bagbasi Mesire Yeri
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Balloon Rides
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis

3
nights
Goreme

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 Gomeda Vadisi in Mustafapasa, approximately Mustafapasa away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, stop by Arts & Crafts Cappadocia, and explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Goreme trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Pamukkale to Goreme by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June in Goreme, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

Uchisar, Gomeda Vadisi
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Gomeda Vadisi ©
Gomeda Vadisi

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