16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Antalya
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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Trabzon
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Bursa
— 2 nights
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Istanbul
— 2 nights

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Antalya — 2 nights

Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Venture out of the city with trips to Temple of Apollo (in Side) and Manavgat Waterfall (in Manavgat). And it doesn't end there: stop by Kaleici, take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, and stroll around Ataturk ParkI.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Antalya trip itinerary maker tool.

Istanbul to Antalya is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Antalya, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to fly to Goreme.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum and then look for gifts at Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Goreme trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Antalya to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Antalya in March: high temperatures in Goreme hover around 16°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can fly to Trabzon.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Trabzon — 2 nights

Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Boztepe and then see the interesting displays at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Soumela Monastery and then steep yourself in history at Atatürk Köşkü.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Trabzon travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Goreme to Trabzon by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in March, Trabzon is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Selcuk.
Historic Sites · Museums

Selcuk — 2 nights

An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, gain a rich perspective with Troy Tours, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Selcuk online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Trabzon to Selcuk takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Trabzon, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Selcuk, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.
Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Pamukkale — 2 nights

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 18th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis. Keep things going the next day: soar above the sights with a balloon tour and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip planner.

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to fly to Bursa.
Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature

Bursa — 2 nights

The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Tombs of Osman and Orhan and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulu Cami. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Green Tomb and then hunt for treasures at Koza Hani.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bursa tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Bursa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daytime highs in Bursa are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Istanbul.
Historic Sites · Shopping

Istanbul — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Ecumenical Patriarchate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace and then take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower.

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Drive from Bursa to Istanbul in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Bursa in March, Istanbul is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums

Turkey travel guide

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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.