15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey tour itinerary planner

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Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 3 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Istanbul

— 5 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul tour planning app.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Istanbul is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sofia to Istanbul. Traveling from Sofia in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours
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Pamukkale

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at 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 16th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale day trip planning website.

Getting from Istanbul to Pamukkale by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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Selcuk

— 3 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Change things up with a short trip to Magnesia Antik Kenti in Germencik (about 40 minutes away). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, examine the collection at Camlik Locomotive Museum, stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk trip planner.

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 4 nights
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: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and don't miss a visit to Zemi Valley.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Goreme travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Selcuk to Goreme in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, Goreme is little chillier than Selcuk - with highs of 16°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.