16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
3
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Bodrum City
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Izmir
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Canakkale
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  3​h
7
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Cape Town


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2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Sultanahmet Square, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, then get engrossed in the history at Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi, contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip website .

Cape Town, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in June; daily highs in Istanbul reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

1
night
Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
On the 15th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Guray Museum, look for gifts at Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, then contemplate the long history of Goreme National Park, and finally soar above the sights with Royal Balloon.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme journey planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Goreme, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kocabag Winery, Guray Museum
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Off-Road Tours
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Guray Museum ©
Guray Museum

1
night
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pamukkale trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools

2
nights
Bodrum City

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Bodrum Maritime Museum, step into the grandiose world of Castle of St. Peter, then get some fabulous bargains at Moden Leather Shop, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Gun Batimi Plaji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Yaliciftlik Sahili and then kick back and relax at Kumbahce Sahili.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bodrum City trip builder site .

You can drive from Pamukkale to Bodrum City in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Bodrum City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gun Batimi Plaji, Yaliciftlik Sahili
Highlights from your plan
Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter
Bodrum Maritime Museum ©
Bodrum Maritime Museum
Gun Batimi Plaji ©
Gun Batimi Plaji

1
night
Izmir

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
You've now added Ancient City of Ephesus to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Jonh, delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and then browse the exhibits of Arkas Art Center.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Izmir trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Izmir takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Marmaris in June, expect nights in Izmir to be little chillier, around 12°C, while days are cooler, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ancient City of Ephesus
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Arkas Art Center ©
Arkas Art Center
Basilica of St. Jonh ©
Basilica of St. Jonh

2
nights
Canakkale

Canakkale ©
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
On the 20th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Laz Bay and then get engrossed in the history at Troya Muzesi. On your second day here, shop like a local with Aynali Carsi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Namazgah Tabyalari, then steep yourself in history at Akbas Sehitligi, then explore the different monuments and memorials at 57. Piyade Alayi Sehitligi, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kabatepe Kumsali.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Canakkale route planner .

Traveling by car from Izmir to Canakkale takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Izmir in June; daily highs in Canakkale reach 33°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Canakkale

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

57. Piyade Alayi Sehitligi, Laz Bay
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57. Piyade Alayi Sehitligi ©
57. Piyade Alayi Sehitligi
Troya Muzesi ©
Troya Muzesi

4
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
Appreciate the collections at Topkapi Palace and Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum. Visit Suleymaniye Cami and Galata Tower for their historical value. Explore Istanbul's surroundings by going to Sapanca Lake (in Sapanca) and Green Tomb (in Bursa). Enjoy Istanbul some more: explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, take a stroll through Beyoglu, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul online journey planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Canakkale to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Sapanca Lake, Green Tomb
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) ©
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

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