11 days in Maldives & Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Maldives & Turkey Itinerary

Make it your trip
Male, Maldives
— 1 night
Ferry to Male, Fly to Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Oludeniz, Turkey
— 1 night
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Fly to Male


Male, Maldives — 1 night

The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market, then stroll through Artificial Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hulhumale Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Rasfannu and then look for gifts at Mare Scuba Concept.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Male road trip site.

If you are flying in from Maldives, the closest major aiport is Malé International Airport. October in Male sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping
Side Trip
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Istanbul, Turkey — 3 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.
Hagia Sophia Mosque and Basilica Cistern are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Caddesifor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and slough off your stress at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Istanbul vacation app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Male to Istanbul takes 12 hours. The time zone changes from Maldives Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Male in October; daily highs in Istanbul reach 28°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly to Oludeniz.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Oludeniz, Turkey — 1 night

Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
On the 15th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at The Lycian Way, then enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, and then soak in style at Lycian D Spa & Turkish Bath.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Oludeniz trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Istanbul to Oludeniz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Istanbul in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Oludeniz, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Pamukkale.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches
Side Trip
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Pamukkale, Turkey — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Oludeniz to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Selcuk.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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Selcuk, Turkey — 1 night

An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then delve into the distant past at Baths of Varius, then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally delve into the distant past at Public Latrine.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Pamukkale to Selcuk by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Selcuk are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Goreme.
Historic Sites
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Goreme, Turkey — 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, then get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and finally Head underground at Uchisar Castle. On the next day, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Selcuk in October; daily highs in Goreme reach 24°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Side Trip
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Maldives travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.

Turkey travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.