15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey journey builder

Make it your trip
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Istanbul
— 7 nights
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Antalya
— 3 nights
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Ankara
— 1 night
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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Istanbul

— 7 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.
Let the collections at Topkapi Palace and Galata Tower capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia and Rahmi M. Koc Museum. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Istanbul Archaeological Museum, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip maker.

Surabaya, Indonesia to Istanbul is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Western Indonesia Time to Turkey Time is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Surabaya in April, expect Istanbul to be much colder, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Antalya

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Phaselis and Hadrian's Gate. Ancient Theater and Antalya Muzesi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Antalya to go to Side and see Temple of Apollo, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: stop by Kaleici, admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, and look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Antalya day trip planning website.

You can fly from Istanbul to Antalya in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Antalya: highs are around 26°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Ankara

— 1 night

Heart of Turkey

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Erimtan Arkeoloji ve Sanat Muzesi, get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, then examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, and finally take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ankara trip planner.

Fly from Antalya to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Antalya in April, plan for little chillier days in Ankara, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 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 15th (Wed): appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, stop by Turquoise Rugs & Bags, then get outside with Royal Balloon, then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and finally see Off-Road Tours. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, then Head underground at Uchisar Castle, then get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and finally do a tasting at Kocabag Winery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Goreme online journey planner.

Take a bus from Ankara to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Ankara, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

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.