12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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— 4 nights
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Drive to Adnan Menderes International Airport, Fly to Istanbul
— 1 night


Istanbul — 4 nights

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, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern | Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul online route planner.

Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pakistan Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In March in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Goreme.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas

Goreme, Cappadocia — 2 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.
On the 22nd (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then look for gifts at Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park.

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Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 1°C in Goreme. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Fethiye.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours
Side Trip

Fethiye — 1 night

A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
On the 24th (Thu), walk around Oludeniz and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Fethiye trip site.

You can fly from Goreme to Fethiye in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Goreme in March; daily highs in Fethiye reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sirince.
Parks · Nature · Adventure · Tours
Side Trip

Sirince — 2 nights

Sirince is known for historic sites, wineries, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, take a stroll through Sirince Koyu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aziz Dimitros Kilisesi, and examine the collection at Ephesus Museum.

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You can drive from Fethiye to Sirince in 4 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Fethiye in March since evenings lows in Sirince dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Istanbul — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): savor the flavors at Food & Drink and then wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker tool.

Explore your travel options from Sirince to Istanbul with the Route module. While traveling from Sirince, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
Tours · Neighborhoods

Turkey travel guide

Ruins · Architectural Buildings · 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.

Cappadocia travel guide

History Museums · Geologic Formations · National Parks
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.