18 days in Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mudanya, Taxi to Bursa
2
Bursa
— 1 day
Bus
3
Eskisehir
— 1 night
Train
4
Ankara
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Izmir
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Antalya
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Adana
— 1 day
Drive
8
Mersin
— 3 nights
Drive
9
Antakya
— 1 night
Drive
10
Gaziantep
Drive
11
Diyarbakir
— 2 nights
Drive
12
Trabzon
— 1 night
Fly
13
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Fly

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Istanbul

— 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kapali Carsi, Galata Tower, Eminonu Square, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yeni Camii, contemplate the waterfront views at Halic, then admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Fatih Mosque and Complex, and finally stroll around Gulhane Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Bosphorus Bridge, take a stroll through Eminonu Square, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, indulge in some personalized pampering at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally get engrossed in the history at Istanbul Archaeological Museum.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul road trip planning tool.

Cairo, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Cairo to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, Istanbul is little chillier than Cairo - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Bursa

— 1 day
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
On the 16th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulu Cami, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yesil Camii, and then admire the landmark architecture of Yildirim Bayezit Mosque (Yildirim Bayezit Camii).

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bursa travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Istanbul to Bursa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Eskisehir.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites

Eskisehir

— 1 night
Eskişehir is a city in northwestern Turkey and the capital of the Eskişehir Province. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): examine the collection at Cagdas Cam Sanatlari Muzesi, then see the interesting displays at Yilmaz Buyukersen Balmumu Heykeller Muzesi, then walk around Eskisehir Science Arts and Culture Park, and finally find something for the whole family at Sazova Park.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Eskisehir journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Bursa to Eskisehir takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bursa in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Eskisehir, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Ankara.

Things to do in Eskisehir

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Ankara

— 2 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
On the 18th (Wed), admire the striking features of Aslanhane Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tacettin Sultan Cami, then get engrossed in the history at II. Turkiye Buyuk Millet Meclisi Cumhuriyet Muzesi, and finally walk around Ahlatlibel Tesisleri Parki.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ankara road trip website.

Getting from Eskisehir to Ankara by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Eskisehir in August, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Ankara: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Izmir.

Things to do in Ankara

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Izmir

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica of St. Jonh and Hisar Mosque. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Izmir: Selcuk (Cittantica Ephesus Park & Ancient City of Ephesus). There's much more to do: examine the collection at KEY Museum, take a stroll through Kemeralti Market, admire the landmark architecture of Fatih Cinili Cami, and buy something for everyone on your list at MaviBahce Shopping Center.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Izmir trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ankara to Izmir takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Ankara in August, Izmir is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Antalya.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Antalya

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Antalya Saat Kulesi, then stroll around Karaalioglu Park, and then stroll through Mermerli Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Antalya driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Izmir to Antalya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Izmir in August, expect Antalya to be somewhat warmer, temps between 41°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Adana.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Adana

— 1 day
Adana is a major city in southern Turkey. On the 23rd (Mon), stroll around Ziyapasa ParkI, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulu Cami ve Kulliyesi, then examine the collection at Adana Sinema Muzesi, and finally walk around Ataturk ParkI.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Adana trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Antalya to Adana. In August, daytime highs in Adana are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mersin.

Things to do in Adana

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Mersin

— 3 nights
Mersin is a large city and a port on the Mediterranean coast of southern Turkey. On the 24th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Mersin Arkeoloji Muzesi, then take in the waterfront activity at Mersin Marina, and then look for gifts at Mersin Forum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Eski Cami, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tarsus Waterfall, and then explore the historical opulence of Girls Castle.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mersin day trip app.

You can drive from Adana to Mersin in 1.5 hours. In August in Mersin, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Antakya.

Things to do in Mersin

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Antakya

— 1 night
Antakya is the seat of the Hatay Province in southern Turkey.In ancient times, Antakya was known as Antioch, and was for centuries one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire. On the 26th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulu Mosque, examine the collection at Hatay Tibbi Ve Aromatik Bitkiler Muzesi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Habibi Neccar Mosque, and finally walk around Great Antakya Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Antakya attractions site.

Traveling by car from Mersin to Antakya takes 3.5 hours. August in Antakya sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gaziantep.

Things to do in Antakya

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Gaziantep

A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
On the 27th (Fri), walk around Dulukbaba Tabiat Parki.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Gaziantep vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Antakya to Gaziantep in 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Antakya in August: highs in Gaziantep hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Diyarbakir.

Things to do in Gaziantep

Parks
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Diyarbakir

— 2 nights
Diyarbakır is one of the largest cities in southeastern Turkey. On the 28th (Sat), browse the exhibits of Goat Tower, snap pictures at On gozlu Koprusu, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Virgin Mary Ancient Assyrian Church and then don't miss a visit to Dengbej Evi.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Diyarbakir vacation maker site.

Getting from Gaziantep to Diyarbakir by car takes about 4 hours. August in Diyarbakir sees daily highs of 45°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Diyarbakir

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Trabzon

— 1 night
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Soumela Monastery.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Trabzon vacation builder website.

Drive from Diyarbakir to Trabzon in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Diyarbakir in August, expect nights in Trabzon to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are colder, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Trabzon

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 1 night
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 31st (Tue), enjoy unforgettable views with Royal Balloon.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Trabzon to Goreme in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Trabzon in August, you will find days in Goreme are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are slightly colder (19°C). You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors · Tours
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Turkey travel guide

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Ruins · Architectural Buildings · 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.