17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

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17 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Toulouse
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h
2
Urgup
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Guzelyurt
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
4
Cesme
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
7
Bodrum City
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Fethiye
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Antalya
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Toulouse

4
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 historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip builder website .

Toulouse, France to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Toulouse in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

2
nights
Urgup

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: soar above the sights with a balloon tour and then take an in-depth tour of Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Urgup trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Urgup takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Urgup, with highs around 38°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Urgup

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Goreme
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Balloon Rides

1
night
Guzelyurt

Guzelyurt ©
On the 28th (Wed), admire the verdant scenery at Ihlara Valley, Head underground at Selime Monastery, and then Head underground at Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Yeraltı Şehri, steep yourself in history at Sivisli Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kilise Camii, and finally contemplate the long history of Guzelyurt Valley Monastery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Guzelyurt holiday builder tool .

You can drive from Urgup to Guzelyurt in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cesme.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
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Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Selime Monastery ©
Selime Monastery
Ihlara Valley ©
Ihlara Valley

1
night
Cesme

Cesme
The ancient coastal town of Cesme has managed to preserve its natural beauty, even after many years as one of the most popular beach resorts in Turkey's Aegean Region.
To find out how to plan a trip to Cesme, use our trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Guzelyurt to Cesme. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Guzelyurt to Cesme due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Cesme are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. On the 30th (Fri), you're off toSelcuk.

Things to do in Cesme

Outdoors Parks Nightlife
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1
night
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 30th (Fri), make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and then delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis, delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Basilica of Saint John, and finally delve into the distant past at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk itinerary planning website .

Getting from Cesme to Selcuk by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Cesme in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Selcuk: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
Find places to stay Aug 30 — 31:
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale sightseeing planning tool .

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 1:
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

2
nights
Bodrum City

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): examine the collection at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, then explore the historical opulence of Castle of St. Peter, then delve into the distant past at Bodrum Amphitheater, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Bodrum City road trip planning website .

Getting from Pamukkale to Bodrum City by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Fethiye.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter
Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology ©

2
nights
Fethiye

Fethiye ©
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Get out of town with these interesting Fethiye side-trips: Dalyan (Iztuzu Beach 2 & Dalyan Cami). There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, look for gifts at Anadolu el Sanatlari, explore the stunning scenery at Saklikent Milli Parki, and stroll around Oludeniz.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fethiye tour itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Bodrum City to Fethiye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Bodrum City in September, Fethiye is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Fethiye

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dalyan, Oludeniz
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Oludeniz ©
Oludeniz
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2

2
nights
Antalya

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, take a stroll through Kaleici, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Duden Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate, and then meet the residents at Antalya Aquarium.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Antalya trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Fethiye to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Antalya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
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Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Lower Duden Waterfalls ©
Lower Duden Waterfalls
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi

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