16 days in Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Turkey Itinerary

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16 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Izmir
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Cesme
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h
3
Bodrum City
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 30​min
4
Antalya
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Konya
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
6
Pamukkale
— 1 night
bus:  4​h 30​min
7
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Mumbai


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1
night
Izmir

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): cast your line with a fishing tour, then brush up on your military savvy at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu, and then take in the exciting artwork at Arkas Art Center. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Pirlanta Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Izmir road trip app .

Mumbai, India to Izmir is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Mumbai in September, expect nights in Izmir to be much colder, around 10°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Cesme.

Things to do in Izmir

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Arkas Art Center ©
Arkas Art Center

2
nights
Cesme

Cesme ©
The ancient coastal town of Cesme has managed to preserve its natural beauty, even after many years as one of the most popular beach resorts in Turkey's Aegean Region.
On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take advantage of the amenities at Rooms Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cesme AltInkum Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cesme trip maker website .

You can drive from Izmir to Cesme in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Izmir to Cesme due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Izmir in September; daily highs in Cesme reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Cesme

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rooms Beach ©
Rooms Beach
Ilica Plaji ©
Ilica Plaji

3
nights
Bodrum City

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Explore hidden gems such as Castle of St. Peter and Scuba & Snorkeling. Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology and Mine Sanat Galerisi will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Bodrum City with an excursion to Oren Sahili in Milas--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Yaliciftlik Sahili, learn about all things military at Bodrum Maritime Museum, contemplate the long history of Myndos Gate, and shop like a local with Dibeklihan.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bodrum City online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Cesme to Bodrum City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Cesme to Bodrum City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, Bodrum City is a bit warmer than Cesme - with highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dibeklihan, Oren Sahili, Yaliciftlik Sahili
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Bodrum Maritime Museum ©
Bodrum Maritime Museum
Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology ©
Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter

2
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.
On the 14th (Sat), take in breathtaking views at Goynuk Canyon, then examine the collection at Antalya Toy Museum, and then kick back and relax at Mermerli Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum, examine the collection at Ataturk House & Museum, and then play a few rounds at Carya Golf Club.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Antalya trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Bodrum City to Antalya in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Konya.

Things to do in Antalya

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Goynuk Canyon, Carya Golf Club
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Carya Golf Club ©
Carya Golf Club
Goynuk Canyon ©
Goynuk Canyon
Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum ©
Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum

1
night
Konya

Konya
The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Konya trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Antalya to Konya in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Antalya in September; daily highs in Konya reach 31°C and lows reach 15°C. You will leave for Pamukkale on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Konya

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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.
On the 16th (Mon), head outdoors with Pamukkale Balloons and then do a tasting at Pamukkale Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, then get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, and finally admire the sheer force of Guney Selalesi.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Konya to Pamukkale takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Denizli
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi ©
Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Asaf Family Beach and Sapanca Lake. Appreciate the collections at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Rahmi M. Koc Museum. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, appreciate the history behind Sultanahmet Square, contemplate the waterfront views at Halic, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rustem Pasha Mosque.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Istanbul route tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sapanca Lake, Asaf Family Beach
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi ©
Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi

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