11 days in Duhok & Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Duhok & Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Duhok, Iraq
— 1 day
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
3
Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
4
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
5
Dalyan, Turkey
— 1 night
6
Oludeniz, Turkey
— 1 night
7
Kas, Turkey
— 2 nights

1
day
Duhok, Iraq

Duhok ©
Sitting on flat land between two chains of scenic mountains and close to the Tigris River, Duhok has experienced a growth in tourism in recent years.
On the 1st (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Zawa Mountain and then walk around Azadi Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Duhok trip planner.

Erbil to Duhok is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In September in Duhok, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Duhok

Parks Nature
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Azadi Park ©
Azadi Park
Zawa Mountain ©
Zawa Mountain

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum, take a stroll through Ortakoy, visit Taksim Square, and steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Istanbul day trip website.

Explore your travel options from Duhok to Istanbul with the Route module. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Duhok in September: highs in Istanbul hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Spas
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District

2
nights
Selcuk, Turkey

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 5th (Thu), kick back and relax at Pamucak Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Basilica of Saint John, thendelve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, thenexplore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Istanbul to Selcuk in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in September, you will find days in Selcuk are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are little chillier (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks Beaches
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
The Basilica of Saint John ©
The Basilica of Saint John
Pamucak Beach ©
Pamucak Beach

1
night
Pamukkale, Turkey

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 7th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, thenstroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, thencontemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Pamukkale tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dalyan.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

1
night
Dalyan, Turkey

Dalyan ©
Although it once seemed destined to become a stereotypical coastal resort, Dalyan remains unspoiled by commercial tourism because of its location within an environmentally protected area.
On the 8th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Dalyan Special Environmental Protection Area and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Iztuzu Beach 2.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Dalyan online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Dalyan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Dalyan are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Dalyan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2

1
night
Oludeniz, Turkey

Oludeniz ©
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Oludeniz trip app.

Traveling by car from Dalyan to Oludeniz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Oludeniz can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Kas, Turkey

An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): kick back and relax at Kaputas Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Flora Gullet Boat.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kas travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Oludeniz to Kas in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Kas, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Flora Gullet Boat ©
Flora Gullet Boat

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