12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 4 nights
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Bodrum City
— 1 night
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
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Antalya
— 1 night
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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: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, see the interesting displays at Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower.

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Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Karachi to Istanbul is minus 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kizilhisarli Mustafa Pasa Camii, learn about winemaking at Vinbodrum, and then learn about winemaking at Karnas Vineyards.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bodrum City day trip site.

Getting from Istanbul to Bodrum City by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bodrum City, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale day trip planning site.

Getting from Bodrum City to Pamukkale by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · 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): go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, then wander the streets of Kaleici, and then admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Antalya trip planner.

Drive from Pamukkale to Antalya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Antalya can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. 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.
On the 9th (Tue), Head underground at Uchisar Castle, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, then stop by Arts & Crafts Cappadocia, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme planner.

You can fly from Antalya to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Antalya in March, expect Goreme to be a bit cooler, temps between 16°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · 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. On the 11th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yeni Cuma Camii, examine the collection at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, see the interesting displays at Trabzonspor Samil Ekinci Museum, examine the collection at Trabzon Sehir Muzesi, then get engrossed in the history at Trabzon Tarihi Muzesi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fatih Camii.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Trabzon trip website.

You can fly from Goreme to Trabzon in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Trabzon, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time 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.