16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h 30 min
2
Fethiye
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Antalya
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Goreme
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h
5
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg

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 14th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then admire the striking features of Yeni Camii, then take a stroll through Sultanahmet District, and finally delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online travel planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Johannesburg in September, plan for slightly colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 26°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fethiye.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Chora Museum ©
Chora Museum
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
nights
Fethiye

Fethiye ©
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
On the 17th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Xanthos Antik Kenti, then delve into the distant past at Patara Antik Kenti, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally stop by Class Leather. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): take a stroll through Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Fethiye Kalesi, then stroll through Oludeniz PlajI, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fethiye trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Fethiye by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Fethiye, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 20°C. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Fethiye

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Kalkan, Oludeniz, Patara Antik Kenti
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Parasailing & Paragliding
Ancient Rock Tombes ©
Ancient Rock Tombes

3
nights
Antalya

Antalya ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Olympos Ruins and Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Cirali Beach and Duden Waterfalls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antalya: Side (Temple of Apollo & Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum)). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Ataturk House & Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yivli Minaret Mosque, and look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Antalya road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Fethiye to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Antalya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Manavgat, Olympos Ruins, Cirali Beach
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo
Cirali Beach ©
Cirali Beach
Olympos Ruins ©
Olympos Ruins

2
nights
Goreme

Goreme ©
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 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Sultans Ceramic, see the interesting displays at Guray Museum, steep yourself in history at Zelve Open Air Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and finally learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme driving holiday planning tool .

You can fly from Antalya to Goreme in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Antalya in September, with highs in Goreme at 33°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Nevsehir, Avanos, Kocabag Winery
Highlights from your plan
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©
Zelve Open Air Museum ©
Zelve Open Air Museum
Özkonak Underground City ©
Özkonak Underground City

4
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Aya Yorgi Church and Green Mosque (Yesil Camii). Appreciate the collections at Rahmi M. Koc Museum and Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum. Go for a jaunt from Istanbul to Iznik to see Iznik Ayasofya (Orhan Cami) about 1h 45 min away. See even more of Istanbul: take a stroll through Ortakoy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sehzade Mehmet Mosque, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryem Ana Rum Ortodoks Kilisesi, and contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Istanbul day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in September, expect nights in Istanbul to be a bit warmer, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Green Mosque, Aya Yorgi Church, Iznik Ayasofya (Orhan Cami)
Highlights from your plan
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum ©
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum
Rahmi M. Koc Museum ©
Rahmi M. Koc Museum
Fatih Mosque and Complex ©
Fatih Mosque and Complex

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