12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Trabzon
Fly:  3 h 15 min
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Fethiye
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Kas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Antalya
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Trabzon

2
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
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 Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, and explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern.

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Trabzon to Istanbul is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Trabzon in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
nights
Selcuk

Selcuk ©
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 29th (Sun): look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, then delve into the distant past at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, and finally explore the ancient world of The Basilica of Saint John.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk sightseeing website .

Getting from Istanbul to Selcuk by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in September, you will find days in Selcuk are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are a bit cooler (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu
Ephesus Terrace Houses
Ephesus Terrace Houses

1
night
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church, then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

Plan my day in Pamukkale using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

1
night
Fethiye

Fethiye ©
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the ancient world of Tlos, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Kayakoy, and finally take a stroll through Old Town.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Fethiye trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Fethiye takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Fethiye sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Fethiye

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Tlos ©
Tlos

2
nights
Kas

An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaputas Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Xanthos Antik Kenti, then enjoy the sand and surf at Patara Plajı, and then delve into the distant past at Patara Antik Kenti.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kas itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Fethiye to Kas by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Kas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Patara, Xanthos Antik Kenti
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Patara Plajı ©
Patara Plajı
Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach

3
nights
Antalya

Antalya ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, take a stroll through Aspendos Ruins and Theater, and then explore the ancient world of Ancient Theater. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Duden Waterfalls, delve into the distant past at Olympos Ruins, and then kick back and relax at Cirali Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Antalya tour itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Kas to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cirali Beach, Ancient Theater, Aspendos Ruins and Theater, Olympos Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater
Cirali Beach ©
Cirali Beach
Aspendos Ruins and Theater ©
Aspendos Ruins and Theater

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