12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey route planner

Make it your trip
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Istanbul
— 4 nights
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Bodrum City
— 1 night
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
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Antalya
— 1 night
Fly
5
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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Trabzon
— 2 nights
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Istanbul

— 4 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul day trip planning site.

Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pakistan Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In March, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Bodrum City

— 1 night

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kizilhisarli Mustafa Pasa Camii, then learn about winemaking at Vinbodrum, and then learn about winemaking at Karnas Vineyards.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bodrum City trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Bodrum City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bodrum City, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Wineries · Historic Sites

Pamukkale

— 1 night

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale tour planner.

Traveling by car from Bodrum City to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Antalya

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, take a stroll through Kaleici, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Antalya trip builder website.

Drive from Pamukkale to Antalya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. March in Antalya sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, and then Head underground at Uchisar Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours, look for gifts at Turquoise Rugs & Bags, and then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Goreme online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Antalya to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Antalya in March; daily highs in Goreme reach 16°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Trabzon

— 2 nights
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 11th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yeni Cuma Camii, examine the collection at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, examine the collection at Trabzonspor Samil Ekinci Museum, examine the collection at Trabzon Sehir Muzesi, then get engrossed in the history at Trabzon Tarihi Muzesi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fatih Camii.

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

You can fly from Goreme to Trabzon in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Trabzon, with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Trabzon

Museums · Historic Sites

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.5
History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.