18 days in Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Durban
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Antalya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Alanya
— 1 night
+3
Shuttle + Foot + Fly + Bus:  4 h 45 min
3
Ankara
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
4
Goreme
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Istanbul
— 7 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Durban

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.
Popular historic sites such as Temple of Apollo and Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum) are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ancient Theater and Hadrian's Gate. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, stop by Kaleici, take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, and buy something for everyone on your list at TerraCity.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Antalya online attractions planner.

Durban, South Africa to Antalya is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Durban to Antalya. Traveling from Durban in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Antalya: highs are around 36°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Alanya.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Manavgat
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Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi
Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater
Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo

1
night
Alanya

Alanya ©
A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Alanya Kalesi, then brush up on your military savvy at Red Tower, and then kick back and relax at Kleopatra Beach.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Alanya trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Antalya to Alanya by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Alanya

Historic Sites Museums Beaches
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Alanya Kalesi ©
Alanya Kalesi
Red Tower ©
Red Tower
Kleopatra Beach ©
Kleopatra Beach

2
nights
Ankara

Ankara ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Hamamonu Restored Area, then stop by Mohair&Angora Flagship Store, then take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, and finally admire the striking features of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tacettin Sultan Cami, explore the world behind art at 8 Hubb Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, then examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, and finally see the interesting displays at Altindag Belediyesi Sair ve Yazarlar Evi.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ankara tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Alanya to Ankara takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Anitkabir ©
Anitkabir
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi ©
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Goreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Get a sense of the local culture at Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) and Gore Harabeleri. Change things up with these side-trips from Goreme: Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Uzumlu Kilise) and Mazi Yeralti Sehri (in Urgup). There's still lots to do: appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, browse the exhibits of Chez Galip, take in the exciting artwork at Kapadokya Ebru Sanat Evi, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Goreme road trip planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Ankara to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Ankara, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Uchisar, Derinkuyu, Urgup, Gore Harabeleri, Chez Galip
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Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley)
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri

7
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.
Hagia Sophia Museum and Istanbul Archaeological Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Koza Hani and Istiklal Street. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Goreme in September, plan for little chillier days in Istanbul, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Koza Hani
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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