12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Islamabad
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Bursa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Izmir
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Fethiye
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Uchisar, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Islamabad


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3
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.
Get outdoors at Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn. For shopping fun, head to Kapali Carsi or Istiklal Street. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and admire the striking features of Suleymaniye Cami .

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul itinerary builder .

Islamabad, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Time to Eastern European Time is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Islamabad, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
Bursa

Bursa ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take a stroll through Cumalikizik, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulu Cami, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Koza Hani.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Bursa online trip builder .

You can drive from Istanbul to Bursa in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Istanbul in March since evenings lows in Bursa dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Koza Hani ©
Koza Hani
Cumalikizik ©
Cumalikizik

1
day
Izmir

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Agora Open Air Museum, take in the natural beauty of Balcova, look for gifts at Kizlaragasi Han Bazaar, then get a taste of the local shopping with Arkas Art Center, and finally wander the streets of Kemeralti Market.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Izmir trip builder website .

Drive from Bursa to Izmir in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Bursa in March, expect Izmir to be little chillier, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fethiye.

Things to do in Izmir

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trip

Balcova
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Balcova ©
Balcova
Agora Open Air Museum ©
Agora Open Air Museum

2
nights
Fethiye

Fethiye ©
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Dalyan, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Iztuzu Beach, then look for gifts at Epoca Carpet, and finally step into the grandiose world of Fethiye Kalesi. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach), see a world frozen in time at Kayakoy, then contemplate the long history of Downtown Fethiye, and finally wander the streets of Old Town.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fethiye visit website .

You can drive from Izmir to Fethiye in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Izmir in March: high temperatures in Fethiye hover around 21°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uchisar.

Things to do in Fethiye

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Oludeniz PlajI, Caunos Tombs of the Kings, Iztuzu Beach 2, Epoca Carpet
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Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Kayakoy ©
Kayakoy

3
nights
Uchisar, Cappadocia

Uchisar ©
Enjoy the best views of Capaddocia at Uchisar, home to a rock citadel at the area's highest point.
Take a break from the city and head to Goreme National Park and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. Get a sense of the local culture at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings and Uchisar Castle. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Alaturca Taner, browse for treasures at La Maison du Kilim, do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, and view the masterpieces at Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Center.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Uchisar trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Fethiye to Uchisar in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Fethiye in March, expect Uchisar to be a bit cooler, temps between 16°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uchisar

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goreme, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri

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