19 days in Turkey Itinerary

19 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
1
Istanbul
— 1 night
Drive
2
Sapanca
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Bolu
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Safranbolu
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Ilgaz
— 1 night
Drive
6
Kastamonu
— 1 night
Drive
7
Samsun
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Trabzon
— 4 nights
Fly
9
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
On the 26th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally admire the striking features of Serefiye Sarnici. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, view the masterpieces at Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi, then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

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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. Traveling from Muscat in March, expect nights in Istanbul to be slightly colder, around 14°C, while days are cooler, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sapanca.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

2
nights
Sapanca

On the 28th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Izmit Saat Kulesi, then explore the activities along Sapanca Lake, and then hit the slopes at Kartepe Ski Center.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sapanca itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Sapanca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Istanbul in March, Sapanca is a bit cooler at night with lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Bolu.

Things to do in Sapanca

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

2
nights
Bolu

Bolu is a city in Turkey, and administrative center of the Bolu Province. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get some jogging in at Lake Abant Nature Park. On the next day, browse the different shops at Highway Outlet, explore the activities along Lake Golcuk, and then hit the slopes at Kartalkaya-Bolu Koroglu Kis Turizm Merkezi.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bolu travel route tool.

Traveling by car from Sapanca to Bolu takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Safranbolu.

Things to do in Bolu

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

2
nights
Safranbolu

Safranbolu is a town and district of Karabük Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. On the 31st (Wed), visit Safranbolu Eski Carsi, steep yourself in history at Hidirlik Tepesi Safranbolu, and then examine the collection at Kaymakamlar Muze. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Tarihi Saat Kulesi, hike along Tokatli Kanyonu, then get to know the fascinating history of Kristal Teras, and finally Head underground at Bulak Cave.

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Getting from Bolu to Safranbolu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Ilgaz.

Things to do in Safranbolu

Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

1
night
Ilgaz

Ilgaz, formerly Koçhisar, is a town and district of Çankırı Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey. On the 2nd (Fri), buy something for everyone on your list at Yunus Shopping Center, learn more about the world around you at CankIrI Muzesi, and then fly down the slopes at Ilgaz Dagi Kayak Merkezi. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Bayramoren Koprusu, then hit the slopes at Yildiztepe Doga ve Kis Sporlari Merkezi, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kirkpinar Yaylasi.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ilgaz road trip website.

Traveling by car from Safranbolu to Ilgaz takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Kastamonu.

Things to do in Ilgaz

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

1
night
Kastamonu

Kastamonu is the capital district of the Kastamonu Province, Turkey. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Kastamonu Saat Kulesi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hz. Pir Seyh Saban-i Veli Kulliyesi, and then step into the grandiose world of Kastamonu Kalesi.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kastamonu trip app.

Traveling by car from Ilgaz to Kastamonu takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Samsun.

Things to do in Kastamonu

Historic Sites

2
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Samsun

Samsun is a city on the north coast of Turkey with a population over half a million people. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): examine the collection at Gazi Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Onur Anıtı, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Piazza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Bandirma Vapuru Muzesi, then stroll the grounds of Amisos Mezarlari, and then appreciate the history behind Samsun Amazon Heykeli.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Samsun sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kastamonu to Samsun in 4 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Samsun

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

4
nights
Trabzon

Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Trabzon: Uzungol (in Caykara) and Rize (Firtina Deresi & Ziraat - Botanik Cay Bahcesi). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, browse the different shops at Forum Trabzon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yeni Cuma Camii, and get great views at Soumela Monastery.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Trabzon trip planner.

Getting from Samsun to Trabzon by car takes about 5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Trabzon are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Trabzon

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

3
nights
Istanbul

Queen of Cities

On the 11th (Sun), take in the views from Galata Koprusu, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, then contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, and finally examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul journey builder app.

You can fly from Trabzon to Istanbul in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.