16 days in Istanbul, Antalya & Izmir Itinerary

16 days in Istanbul, Antalya & Izmir Itinerary

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16 days in Istanbul, Antalya & Izmir Itinerary

Start: Sharm El Sheikh
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Istanbul
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Antalya
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Izmir
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Sharm El Sheikh

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.
Head to Kapali Carsi and Anatolian Carpet Shopfor some retail therapy. Step out of the city life by going to Bosphorus Strait and Irmak Tabiat Parki. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, admire the landmark architecture of Suleymaniye Cami , tour the pleasant surroundings at Silivri Sahili, and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary tool .

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Sharm El Sheikh to Istanbul is 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in May; daily highs in Istanbul reach 25°C and lows reach 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
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

7
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.
Visit Temple of Apollo and Aspendos Ruins and Theater for their historical value. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Adrasan Koyu and Cirali Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Antalya side-trips: Greek Amphitheater (in Side), Adrasan (Bucht Von Adrasan & Adrasan Sahili) and Royal Jewellers (in Saklikent). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Duden Waterfalls, take a stroll through Kaleici, stroll through Konyaalti Beach, and explore the wide array of goods at Balon Park.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya vacation planning tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Istanbul to Antalya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in May, you will find days in Antalya are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Adrasan, Manavgat, Goynuk Canyon, Aspendos Ruins and Theater, Cirali Beach
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Duden Waterfalls ©
Duden Waterfalls
Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo
Greek Amphitheater ©
Greek Amphitheater

4
nights
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.
Do your shopping at Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop and Kuşadası Market. Ancient City of Ephesus and Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Izmir: Ladies Beach (in Kusadasi), Sirince Koyu (in Sirince) and Selcuk (Bibliotheque de Celsus, Cittantica Ephesus Park, & more). There's more to do: take a stroll through Kemeralti Market.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Izmir road trip planning app .

You can fly from Antalya to Izmir in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Antalya in May, expect Izmir to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Selcuk, Kusadasi, Sirince Koyu
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

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