15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Hagia Sophia Museum and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Istanbul. When traveling from Johannesburg in November, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Ancient City of Ephesus and Curetes Street. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, and steep yourself in history at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Selcuk trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Istanbul to Selcuk by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Selcuk, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA ©
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus

2
nights
Pamukkale

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.
On the 9th (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip maker app.

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

4
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, browse the handmade items at Naile Art Gallery, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Goreme route tool.

Getting from Pamukkale to Goreme by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Goreme sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Naile Art Gallery, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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