16 days in Istanbul, Antalya & Izmir Itinerary

16 days in Istanbul, Antalya & Izmir Itinerary

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Istanbul
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Antalya
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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 Anatolian Carpet Shopfor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Bosphorus Strait and Silivri Sahili. Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Irmak Tabiat Parki. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and shop like a local with Istiklal Caddesi.

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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. In May, Istanbul is colder than Sharm El Sheikh - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly 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 Cirali Beach and Adrasan Sahili for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Lower Duden Waterfalls and Bucht Von Adrasan. Change things up with these side-trips from Antalya: Royal Jewellers (in Saklikent), Aspendos Ruins and Theater (in Serik) and Side (Ancient Theater & Temple of Apollo). Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Goynuk Canyon, kick back and relax at Konyaalti Beach, take a stroll through Kaleici, and stroll through Mermerli Beach.

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Getting from Istanbul to Antalya by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Antalya, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the flight 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 Bibliotheque de Celsus for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Izmir: Selcuk (Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Cittantica Ephesus Park, &more), Ladies Beach (in Kusadasi) and Sirince Koyu (in Sirince). There's more to do: stop by Kemeralti Market.

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You can fly from Antalya to Izmir in 3.5 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 fly back home.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches

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