14 days in Turkey Itinerary

14 days in Turkey Itinerary

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14 days in Turkey Itinerary

Cairo
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Istanbul
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 30​min
Antalya
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
Selcuk
— 3 nights
+2
train + Fly + taxi:  6​h
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + train + bus:  6​h
Bursa
— 3 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  8​h
Cairo

3
days
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 some cultural insight at Sultanahmet District and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Basilica Cistern and Suleymaniye Cami will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, kick back and relax at Florya Sahil Parkı, stroll through Golden Horn, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Istanbul online trip itinerary planner .

Cairo, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairo in March, you will find days in Istanbul are much colder (14°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Istanbul

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Hadrian's Gate, then wander the streets of Kaleici, and then hunt for treasures at Antalya Bazaar. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Greek Amphitheater and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Konyaalti Beach.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Istanbul to Antalya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in March: highs in Antalya hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 9°C. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Antalya

#Neighborhoods, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Greek Amphitheater
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Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Greek Amphitheater ©
Greek Amphitheater
Hadrian's Gate
Hadrian's Gate

2
days
Selcuk

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), delve into the distant past at Celsus Kutuphanesi, then delve into the distant past at The Terrace Houses, then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Pamucak Beach, then look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, and then wander the streets of Sirince Koyu.

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Getting from Antalya to Selcuk by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Antalya in March since evenings lows in Selcuk dip to 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for Goreme.

Things to do in Selcuk

#Historic Sites, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Sirince Koyu
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
The Terrace Houses ©
The Terrace Houses

2
days
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Goreme National Park.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Selcuk to Goreme in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Selcuk in March; daily highs in Goreme reach 16°C and lows reach 1°C. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bursa.

Things to do in Goreme

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Alaturca Carpet
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Sultan Carpet ©
Sultan Carpet

2
days
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.
On the 28th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Bursa Clocktower, pause for some photo ops at Tombs of Osman and Orhan, then contemplate the long history of Muradiye Complex, and finally wander the streets of Cumalikizik. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulu Cami, get a taste of the local shopping with Koza Hani, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Green Mosque (Yesil Camii), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Isabey CAMii.

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Getting from Goreme to Bursa by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in March, Bursa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bursa

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Shopping

Side Trips

Green Mosque (Yesil Camii), Bursa Clocktower
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Green Mosque (Yesil Camii) ©
Green Mosque (Yesil Camii)
Ulu Cami ©
Ulu Cami
Muradiye Complex ©
Muradiye Complex

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