12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey journey planner

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Urgup, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Fly
2
Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly
3
Sinop
— 1 night
Drive
4
Ordu
— 1 night
Drive
5
Trabzon
— 1 night
Drive
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Rize
— 1 night
Drive to Trabzon International Airport, Fly to Adana Airport

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Urgup, Cappadocia

— 1 night
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uchisar Castle and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Goreme National Park, and then stop by Antikite Ottoman.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Urgup road trip planning website.

Adana to Urgup is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Adana in May: high temperatures in Urgup hover around 27°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Urgup

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Istanbul

— 6 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.
Kids will enjoy Hagia Sophia and Dolmabahce Palace. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the striking features of Beylerbeyi Sarayı (TBMM-Milli Saraylar), explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Istanbul using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Urgup to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Urgup in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Sinop.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Sinop

— 1 night
Sinop is a city with a population of 36,734 on the isthmus of İnce Burun (İnceburun, Cape Ince), near Cape Sinope (Sinop Burnu, Boztepe Cape, Boztepe Burnu) which is situated on the most northern edge of the Turkish side of the Black Sea coast, in the ancient region of Paphlagonia, in modern-day northern Turkey. On the 28th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Sinop Archaeology Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Alaattin Camii, then see the interesting displays at Ethnography Museum Arslan Torun Mansion, and finally get great views at Bayraktepe.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sinop journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Istanbul to Sinop. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sinop, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ordu.

Things to do in Sinop

Museums · Historic Sites
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Ordu

— 1 night
Ordu is a port city on the Black Sea coast of Turkey, historically also known as Cotyora, and the capital of Ordu Province with a population of 205,396 in the city center. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Kurul Kalesi, then see the interesting displays at Pasaoglu Mansion & Ethnography Museum, and then get great views at Boztepe.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ordu trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Sinop to Ordu by car takes about 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Ordu

Museums · Historic Sites

Trabzon

— 1 night
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 30th (Sun): examine the collection at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yeni Cuma Camii, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Surmene Camburnu Tabiat Parki.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Trabzon day trip app.

You can drive from Ordu to Trabzon in 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rize.

Things to do in Trabzon

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Rize

— 1 night
Rize is the capital city of Rize Province in the eastern part of the Black Sea Region of Turkey.NameThe name comes from Greek (riza) or Ριζαίον (Rizaion), meaning "mountain slopes". Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): appreciate the views at Hemsin Organik Vadisi and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kackar Daglari Milli Parki.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rize tour builder website.

Getting from Trabzon to Rize by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May in Rize, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rize

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · History Museums · 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.