16 days in Istanbul & Mersin Itinerary

16 days in Istanbul & Mersin Itinerary

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16 days in Istanbul & Mersin Itinerary

Start: Sharjah
Fly:  5​h
1
Istanbul
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Mersin
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Sharjah

7
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.
Family-friendly places like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, take a stroll through Ortakoy, and explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul road trip planning site .

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Sharjah in November, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

1
night
Mersin

Mersin
Mersin is a large city and a port on the Mediterranean coast of southern Turkey. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): head outdoors with Doktor'un Yeri.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mersin trip itinerary planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Istanbul to Mersin. Traveling from Istanbul in November, expect nights in Mersin to be a bit cooler, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Mersin

Outdoors

6
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
Attractions like Ortakoy and KIz Kulesi make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Istanbul to Bursa to see Ulu Cami about 1h 35 min away. See some other sides of Istanbul: admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), admire the landmark architecture of Eyüp Sultan Mosque, learn about all things military at Askeri Muze ve Kultur Sitesi KomutanlIgI, and contemplate the long history of Beylerbeyi Sarayı (TBMM-Milli Saraylar).

For ratings and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mersin to Istanbul. When traveling from Mersin in November, plan for slightly colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 17°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ulu Cami
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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) ©
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy
KIz Kulesi ©
KIz Kulesi

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