15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Adana
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gaziantep
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mardin
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Diyarbakir
— 1 night
Drive
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Erzurum
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rize
— 2 nights
Drive
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Trabzon
— 3 nights
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Adana

— 2 nights
Adana is a major city in southern Turkey. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yag Camii, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kemeralti Camii, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yeni Camii, then see the interesting displays at Adana Sinema Muzesi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sabanci Merkez Camii. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tarsus Ulu Cami (Grand Mosque), then Head underground at Taskuyu Cave, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tarsus Hayvanat Bahcesi.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Adana travel planning app.

Istanbul to Adana is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Istanbul in January, expect nights in Adana to be a bit cooler, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gaziantep.

Things to do in Adana

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gaziantep

— 2 nights
A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
On the 16th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Gaziantep Museum of Archaelogy, then admire the masterpieces at Zeugma Mosaic Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Hamam Muzesi. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Gaziantep Ataturk AnI Muzesi, then explore the historical opulence of Pisirici Kasteli ve Mescidi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mevlevihane Vakif Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Gaziantep Savas Muzesi.

For reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Gaziantep tour planner.

Traveling by car from Adana to Gaziantep takes 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Adana in January, with highs in Gaziantep at 10°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mardin.

Things to do in Gaziantep

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mardin

— 2 nights
Mardin is a city and multiple bishopric in southeastern Turkey. On the 18th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Deyrulzafaran Monastery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Hirmiz Chaldean Church, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulu Cami. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Mardin Protestan Kilisesi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Latifiye Mosque, and then explore the ancient world of Dara Mesopotamia Ruins.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mardin visit planner.

Traveling by car from Gaziantep to Mardin takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Diyarbakir.

Things to do in Mardin

Historic Sites

Diyarbakir

— 1 night
Diyarbakır is one of the largest cities in southeastern Turkey. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Virgin Mary Ancient Assyrian Church, contemplate the long history of Iskender Pasa Mansion, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hz. Suleyman Turbesi.

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Traveling by car from Mardin to Diyarbakir takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Diyarbakir can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Erzurum.

Things to do in Diyarbakir

Historic Sites
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Erzurum

— 2 nights
Erzurum is a city in eastern Anatolia . Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): contemplate the long history of Aziziye Tabyalari and then wander the streets of Hasankale. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Mount Palandoken, steep yourself in history at Uc Gumbetler (Three Tombs), and then contemplate the long history of Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Erzurum trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Diyarbakir to Erzurum takes 4.5 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Diyarbakir in January: high temperatures in Erzurum hover around -5°C and lows are around -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rize.

Things to do in Erzurum

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Rize

— 2 nights
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". On the 23rd (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Kackar Daglari Milli Parki. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Rize Museum, then examine the collection at Ataturk House & Ethnography Museum, and then step into the grandiose world of Kizkalesi.

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Traveling by car from Erzurum to Rize takes 4 hours. Traveling from Erzurum in January, expect Rize to be much hotter, temps between 13°C and 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Trabzon.

Things to do in Rize

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Trabzon

— 3 nights
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gulbahar Hatun Turbesi and Trabzon Sehir Muzesi. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum and Boztepe. Spend the 26th (Tue) exploring nature at Surmene Camburnu Tabiat Parki. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gulbahar Hatun Cami, indulge in some personalized pampering at Meydan hamami, contemplate the long history of Atatürk Köşkü, and see the interesting displays at Trabzonspor Samil Ekinci Museum.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Trabzon day trip planner.

You can drive from Rize to Trabzon in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Trabzon can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Trabzon

Historic Sites · 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.