16 days in Istanbul, Antalya & Izmir Itinerary

16 days in Istanbul, Antalya & Izmir Itinerary

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Istanbul
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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.
Head to Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Caddesifor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Bosphorus Strait and Irmak Tabiat Parki. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Istanbul day trip planning tool.

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sharm El Sheikh to Istanbul. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in May, things will get much colder in Istanbul: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Antalya

— 7 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.
Visit Bucht Von Adrasan and Konyaalti Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Cirali Beach and Adrasan Sahili. Change things up with these side-trips from Antalya: Side (Ancient Theater & Temple of Apollo), Aspendos Ruins and Theater (in Serik) and Royal Jewellers (in Saklikent). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, kick back and relax at Mermerli Beach, explore the wide array of goods at Balon Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at TerraCity.

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Getting from Istanbul to Antalya by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul in May, expect nights in Antalya to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Izmir

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
For shopping fun, head to Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop or Kuşadası Market. Visit Ancient City of Ephesus and Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Izmir: Ladies Beach (in Kusadasi), Sirince Koyu (in Sirince) and Selcuk (Bibliotheque de Celsus, Cittantica Ephesus Park, &more). There's more to do: stop by Kemeralti Market.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Izmir planner.

You can fly from Antalya to Izmir in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Antalya in May; daily highs in Izmir reach 19°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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