18 days in Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Start: Durban
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Antalya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Alanya
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Ankara
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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 Ancient Theater and Temple of Apollo are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Antalya Muzesi and Kaleici. Take a break from Antalya with a short trip to Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum) in Side, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at TerraCity, explore the wide array of goods at Balon Park, take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, and explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Antalya online attractions planner.

Durban, South Africa to Antalya is an approximately 18-hour flight. 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 Shopping

Side Trip

Manavgat
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TerraCity ©
TerraCity
Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi

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, thenbrush up on your military savvy at Red Tower, and then kick back and relax at Kleopatra Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, 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

Parks Museums Outdoors
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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, thenstop by Mohair&Angora Flagship Store, thentake 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, thenexamine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, and finally see the interesting displays at Altindag Belediyesi Sair ve Yazarlar Evi.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ankara tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight 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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Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi ©
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi
Hamamonu Restored Area ©
Hamamonu Restored Area

4
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

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 Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. Get a sense of the local culture at Uchisar Castle and Chez Galip. Change things up with these side-trips from Goreme: Mazi Yeralti Sehri (in Urgup) and Uzumlu Kilise (in Derinkuyu). There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Kapadokya Ebru Sanat Evi, go for a walk through Gore Harabeleri, and do a tasting at Kocabag Winery.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme road trip planning app.

Traveling by bus from Ankara to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ankara in September: highs in Goreme hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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 Chora Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Istanbul Archaeological Museum and Koza Hani. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Little Hagia Sophia, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and wander the streets of Istiklal Street.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Goreme in September: highs in Istanbul hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 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
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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