15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Istanbul
— 7 nights
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
3
Ankara
— 1 night
4
Alanya
— 1 night
5
Antalya
— 4 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hagia Sophia Museum and Suleymaniye Cami . Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Rustem Pasha Mosque. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and contemplate the long history of KIz Kulesi.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in September, Istanbul is warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): enjoy unforgettable views with Royal Balloon, then steep yourself in history at Goreme National Park, then Head underground at Uchisar Castle, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Goreme trip planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in September, you will find days in Goreme are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are little chillier (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Uchisar Castle
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Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley)
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

1
night
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 15th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tacettin Sultan Cami, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, then take an in-depth tour of Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, and finally get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ankara online attractions planner.

Take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Goreme in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Ankara, with highs around 22°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Alanya.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites
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Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi ©
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi
Anitkabir ©
Anitkabir

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.
On the 16th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Alanya Kalesi, then learn about all things military at Kizilkule, and then kick back and relax at Kleopatra Beach.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Alanya trip planning website.

Fly from Ankara to Alanya in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Alanya

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
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Alanya Kalesi ©
Alanya Kalesi
Kizilkule ©
Kizilkule
Kleopatra Beach ©
Kleopatra Beach

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Phaselis and Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum). Ancient Theater and Antalya Muzesi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Temple of Apollo in Side (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Hadrian's Gate, take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and visit Kaleici.

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Traveling by car from Alanya to Antalya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Antalya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Manavgat, Phaselis
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Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi
Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater
Phaselis ©
Phaselis

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