15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Fly
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Antalya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Icmeler
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
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Selcuk
— 1 day
Drive
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Bursa
— 1 night
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Istanbul

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Step off the beaten path and head to Beyoglu and Little Hagia Sophia. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque, and contemplate the long history of Eyüp Sultan Mosque.

Before you visit Istanbul, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Karachi to Istanbul. In March in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Zemi Valley, tour the pleasant surroundings at Goreme National Park, then explore the striking landscape at Love Valley, and finally do a tasting at Kocabag Winery. Keep things going the next day: enjoy unforgettable views with Royal Balloon, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Camur Magarasi Katpatuka, and then appreciate the views at Red Valley.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Goreme road trip planning website.

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Goreme, with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Antalya

— 3 nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kaleici and Ataturk House & Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Carya Golf Club and Lower Duden Waterfalls. Step out of Antalya with an excursion to The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club in Belek--about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tee off at Gloria Golf Club, kick back and relax at Mermerli Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Yivli Minaret Mosque, and take a stroll through Ataturk Boulevard.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Antalya sightseeing tool.

You can fly from Goreme to Antalya in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Goreme in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Antalya: highs are around 21°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Icmeler.

Things to do in Antalya

Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Golf · Parks

Side Trip

Icmeler

— 2 nights
İçmeler is a popular Turkish holiday resort situated 8 kilometres from Marmaris. On the 10th (Wed), take a tour by water with Dolphin-Park Marmaris, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siteler Sirinyer Cami, then stop by Ruby, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Icmeler Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Marmaris Balevi, then explore the historical opulence of Marmaris Museum, then take a stroll through Datca Peninsula, and finally stroll the grounds of Azmak Kaya MezarlarI.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Icmeler day trip app.

You can drive from Antalya to Icmeler in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Antalya to Icmeler due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Antalya in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Icmeler. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Icmeler

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

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 12th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then do a tasting at Pamukkale Winery, and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Icmeler to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Wineries · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Selcuk

— 1 day
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Memmius Monument, explore the ancient world of Fountain of Pollio, then contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then examine the collection at Camlik Locomotive Museum, and finally make a trip to Byzantine acquaducts.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Selcuk road trip planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bursa.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums

Bursa

— 1 night
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stop by Cumalikizik, take an in-depth tour of Ordekli Culture and Art Center, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yesil Camii.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bursa tour planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Bursa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Selcuk in March: highs in Bursa hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bursa

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Turkey travel guide

4.4
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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.6
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.

Izmir Province travel guide

4.2
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
İzmir Province represents a land where undulating mountains fading into the indigo sky serve as a backdrop to lush green vineyards. Its abudance of ancient ruins and location on the Aegean coast make this Mediterranean province a prime holiday destination. The province boasts a fascinating history, having been ceded to the Greeks following World War I, only to be later reclaimed in the Turkish War of Independence. The coastal towns, ancient cities, warm climate, and superb local fish and herb cuisine are among the delights of this vacation spot.