17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 1 night
Drive
2
Sapanca
— 1 night
Drive
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Bolu
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Safranbolu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Samsun
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Trabzon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rize
— 3 nights
Drive to Trabzon International Airport, Fly to Istanbul Airport
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Istanbul
— 2 nights
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Istanbul

Queen of Cities

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 25th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Serefiye Sarnici.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner.

Muscat, Oman to Istanbul is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Turkey Time (TRT) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Muscat in March, plan for cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around 14°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Sapanca.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites

1
night
Sapanca

On the 26th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Izmit Saat Kulesi, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sapanca Lake, and then fly down the slopes at Kartepe Ski Center.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sapanca road trip planning app.

Drive from Istanbul to Sapanca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Istanbul in March since evenings lows in Sapanca dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Bolu.

Things to do in Sapanca

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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nights
Bolu

Bolu is a city in Turkey, and administrative center of the Bolu Province. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Abant Nature Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Highway Outlet, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Golcuk, and then hit the slopes at Kartalkaya-Bolu Koroglu Kis Turizm Merkezi.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bolu trip planner.

Drive from Sapanca to Bolu in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Safranbolu.

Things to do in Bolu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

2
nights
Safranbolu

Safranbolu is a town and district of Karabük Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Safranbolu Eski Carsi, then get great views at Hidirlik Tepesi Safranbolu, and then examine the collection at Kaymakamlar Muze. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Tarihi Saat Kulesi, then Head underground at Bulak Cave, then hike along Tokatli Kanyonu, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Kristal Teras.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Safranbolu trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bolu to Safranbolu in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In March in Safranbolu, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Samsun.

Things to do in Safranbolu

Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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Samsun

Samsun is a city on the north coast of Turkey with a population over half a million people. On the 31st (Wed), take an unorthodox tour of Gogceli Camii - Tarihi Ahsap Civisiz Cami, see the interesting displays at Bandirma Vapuru Muzesi, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Piazza. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Gazi Museum, stroll the grounds of Amisos Mezarlari, and then appreciate the history behind Samsun Amazon Heykeli.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Samsun trip site.

Getting from Safranbolu to Samsun by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In March in Samsun, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Samsun

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Trabzon

Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Trabzon is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yeni Cuma Camii, get great views at Soumela Monastery, and stroll around Altındere Vadisi Milli Parkı.

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Traveling by car from Samsun to Trabzon takes 5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Trabzon can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rize.

Things to do in Trabzon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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Rize

Rize is the capital city of Rize Province in the eastern part of the Black Sea Region of Turkey.NameThe name comes from Greek (riza) or Ριζαίον (Rizaion), meaning "mountain slopes". You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rize: Lazika Cay (in Ardesen), Camlihemsin (Palovit Selalesi, Zilkale, &more) and Uzungol (in Caykara). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Ziraat - Botanik Cay Bahcesi, explore the fascinating underground world of Pileki Magarasi, and contemplate the waterfront views at Firtina Deresi.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rize travel route planning app.

Drive from Trabzon to Rize in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rize

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

2
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Istanbul

Queen of Cities

Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take a stroll through Istiklal Caddesi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , then hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and finally make a trip to Sultanahmet Square. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip site.

Explore your travel options from Rize to Istanbul with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.