15 days in Istanbul & Ankara Itinerary

15 days in Istanbul & Ankara Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey travel planner
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Istanbul
— 8 nights
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Ankara
— 4 nights
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Istanbul
— 2 nights
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Istanbul — 8 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: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planning site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Istanbul. Traveling from Johannesburg in February, expect nights in Istanbul to be slightly colder, around 11°C, while days are colder, around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to fly to Ankara.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours

Ankara — 4 nights

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Ankara is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, get curious at MKE Sanayi ve Teknoloji Muzesi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tacettin Sultan Cami.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ankara trip maker.

Fly from Istanbul to Ankara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Istanbul in February; daily highs in Ankara reach 5°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to fly to Istanbul.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Istanbul — 2 nights

On the 15th (Tue), contemplate the long history of KIz Kulesi, explore the ancient world of Valens Aqueduct, then contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, then admire the landmark architecture of Mihrimah Sultan Camii, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Eyüp Sultan Mosque.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ankara to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ankara in February: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 11°C and lows are around 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Historic Sites