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How We Toured Turkey in 2 Weeks

How We Toured Turkey in 2 Weeks

How We Toured Turkey in 2 Weeks

Turkey was one of my favourite trips, this country was so amazing to visit.  Considering we planned it last minute, the trip ran very smoothly.  Turkish people are so friendly and helpful and the transportation is very efficient made it easy to get around (though not always the most comfortable!).  I loved the beautiful, busy, chaos of Istanbul, the history of Selcuk, relaxing along the coast in Fathiye, sea kayaking in Kas, mountain biking to the eternal flame in Cirali and hot air ballooning in Goreme…and eating delicious food wherever we went!  This trip had it all and I would love to go back there someday.  To see how we toured Turkey in 2 Weeks, check out the links below.  They link to each day of our trip – what we ate, where we stayed and what we saw.  I highly recommend…everything!  *For more detailed reviews of the hotels we stayed at you can check out my Trip Advisor profile.

HOW WE TOURED TURKEY IN 2 WEEKS

Day 1 – Istanbul

Day 2 – Istanbul

Day 3 – Istanbul

Day 4 – Selcuk

Day 5 – Pamukkale

Day 6 – Fathiye

Day 7 – Oludeniz

Day 8 – Kas

Day 9 – Kas & Kekova

Day 10 – Cirali

Day 11 – Olympos & Antalya

Day 12 – Goreme

Day 13 – Goreme

Day 14 – Istanbul

Day 15 – Karakoy

I’m happy that my boyfriend and I picked this country as our first “big” trip together.  We’re an outdoorsy couple who love to eat and explore so Turkey was a perfect destination for us.  If you’re looking for a little bit of history, a big dose of interesting culture, loads of good food, some relaxation along with an amazing adventure, then I highly recommend you visit this beautiful country! 

How We Toured Turkey in 2 Weeks. Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

How We Toured Turkey in 2 Weeks. Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

If you have any questions about our trip to Turkey, please comment below!

Turkey In 2 Weeks: Day 5 – Pamukkale

We headed east on our 5th day in Turkey, hopping on a 9:30AM bus from Selcuk that would take us to Pamukkale, a small village in Central Anatolia.  We arrived around lunch time, dropped our packs off at the Venus Hotel (check out my Trip Advisor review) and headed out to the main attraction in Pamukkale: the “Cotton Castle”.

Just a few minutes from the main village lies a mountainous formation of calcite travertines, that you can climb or take a break and soak in the mineral-rich terraces.  The gleaming white calcite is blinding beautiful, and exploring the many crevices while taking in a panoramic view of the village was a most relaxing way to spend the afternoon.

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

Denizli Horozu, Pamukkale, Turkey

Denizli Horozu, Pamukkale, Turkey

After climbing up over the travertines, we came upon the archaeological site of Hierapolis.  Founded in 190 BC by Eumenes II of Pergamum, Hierapolis prospered under the Byzantines and Romans.  Greeks, Romans, Jews, pagans and Christians co-existed in this city for years until an earthquake in 1334 destroyed the city and was promptly abandoned.

Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis was one of my favourite sites to explore on our trip.  The grounds were so peaceful and their were hardly any tourists so we could really relax and explore the ruins.  Some were impressive like grand theatre below. I sat for an hour or so drawing in the sun and admiring the view.

Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

Most of the other ruins are scattered throughout this stunning countryside, full of flowing grass, winding pathways and patches of tall forested trees.  The scenery reminded me of Scotland a little and once again I admired how diversely fascinating Turkey was.

Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

The Cathedral, Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

The Cathedral, Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

The Nymphaeum of the Triton, Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

The Nymphaeum of the Triton, Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

The Nymphaeum of the Triton, Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

The Nymphaeum of the Triton, Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

As magic hour approached, we passed by a forest that was full of birds chirping filling the air with music.  In that moment, we were surrounded by peace and beauty.

Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

Tomb A18, Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

Tomb A18, Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

We walked back over the travertines as the sun began to set.  This was one of my favourite days in Turkey, the day was the perfect balance of adventure, relaxing, exploration and inspiration.

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

That evening we ate dinner at the hotel.  I wish we could have stayed a little bit longer as the hotel itself was very charming and their pool looked so inviting after a day in the sun.  We devoured our clay lamb pot meal that was paired with a local wine.  A perfect way to end an amazing day.

Clay Pot Lamb, Venus Hotel Restaurant - Pamukkale, Turkey

Clay Pot Lamb, Venus Hotel Restaurant – Pamukkale, Turkey