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:  5​h
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Serefiye Sarnici, Hodjapasha Cultural Center and Railway Museum, Istanbul. Bring the kids along to Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Kapali Carsi. On the 1st (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, take a stroll through Sultanahmet District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and make a trip to Hippodrome (At Meydani).

To find out how to plan a trip to Istanbul, use our trip itinerary maker.

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sharjah to Istanbul. Expect colder weather when traveling from Sharjah in November: highs in Istanbul hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Fri) before leaving for Mersin.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

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 8th (Fri): get outside with Doktor'un Yeri and then examine the collection at Ataturk House Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mersin sightseeing planner .

Explore your travel options from Istanbul to Mersin with the Route module. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Mersin, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Mersin

Outdoors Museums
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Ataturk House Museum ©
Ataturk House Museum

6
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Isfanbul. Kids will appreciate attractions like Dolmabahce Palace and KIz Kulesi. Explore Istanbul further: wander the streets of Ortakoy, snap pictures at Bosphorus Bridge, stroll around Yildiz Park, and explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul day trip planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mersin to Istanbul. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mersin in November: highs in Istanbul hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums
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Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium ©
Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy

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