15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Trabzon
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Rize
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Artvin
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Trabzon
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Giresun
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Samsun
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h 30 min
8
Istanbul
— 1 day
End: Istanbul

4
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.
Attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Suleymaniye Cami make great kid-friendly stops. Step off the beaten path and head to Walking tours and Sultanahmet Square. Change things up with a short trip to Ulu Cami in Bursa (about 1h 35 min away). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul attractions planner.

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major aiports are Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In March, daytime highs in Istanbul are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Trabzon.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Ulu Cami
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

1
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Trabzon

Trabzon ©
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): look for gifts at Trabzon Cevahir Outlet.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Trabzon holiday builder.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Trabzon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Trabzon, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rize.

Things to do in Trabzon

Shopping
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Trabzon Cevahir Outlet ©
Trabzon Cevahir Outlet

2
nights
Rize

Rize ©
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 6th (Fri): stop by Lazika Cay and then identify plant and animal life at Kackar Daglari Milli Parki. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the verdant scenery at Hemsin Organik Vadisi and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sal Yaylasi.

For more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rize tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Trabzon to Rize in 2.5 hours. March in Rize sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Artvin.

Things to do in Rize

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sal Yaylasi, Lazika Cay
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Sal Yaylasi ©
Sal Yaylasi

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Artvin

Artvin ©
Artvin is a city in northeastern Turkey about 30 km inland from the Black Sea. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Maral Selalesi and then make a trip to Artvin Atatepe. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Mencuna Waterfalls and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishan Church.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Artvin itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Rize to Artvin in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Artvin

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Artvin Atatepe ©
Artvin Atatepe

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Trabzon

Trabzon ©
On the 10th (Tue), admire the verdant scenery at Hidirnebi Yaylasi, examine the collection at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, and then get great views at Soumela Monastery. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Surmene Camburnu Tabiat Parki.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Trabzon trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Artvin to Trabzon takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Giresun.

Things to do in Trabzon

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Hidirnebi Yaylasi
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Soumela Monastery ©
Soumela Monastery
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum

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Giresun

Giresun
Giresun is the provincial capital of Giresun Province in the Black Sea Region of northeastern Turkey, about 175km west of the city of Trabzon.EtymologyGiresun was known to the ancient Greeks as Choerades or more prominently as Kerasous or Cerasus, the origin of the modern name.Pre-Greek and Greek linguist Robert S. To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Giresun route builder website .

You can drive from Trabzon to Giresun in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Samsun.

Things to do in Giresun

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

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nights
Samsun

Samsun ©
Samsun is a city on the north coast of Turkey with a population over half a million people. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Samsun Amazon Heykeli, then kick back and relax at Atakum Sahili, and then walk around Bati Park. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Onur Anıtı, then see the interesting displays at Bandirma Vapuru Muzesi, and then browse the different shops at Piazza.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Samsun attractions planner.

You can drive from Giresun to Samsun in 3 hours. In March in Samsun, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Samsun

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Onur Anıtı ©
Onur Anıtı

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Istanbul

Istanbul ©
On the 15th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Istanbul Toy Museum, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium, then admire the striking features of Eyüp Sultan Mosque, and finally see the interesting displays at Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip maker website .

Getting from Samsun to Istanbul by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Samsun in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 14°C in Istanbul. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Istanbul Toy Museum ©
Istanbul Toy Museum
Eyüp Sultan Mosque ©
Eyüp Sultan Mosque
Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium ©
Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium

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