16 days in Istanbul, Antalya & Izmir Itinerary

16 days in Istanbul, Antalya & Izmir Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sharm El Sheikh
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Istanbul
— 3 nights
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 plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Bosphorus Strait and Irmak Tabiat Parki. There's still lots to do: visit Sultanahmet District, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and contemplate the long history of Galata Tower.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary builder app.

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 6-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 travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
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 Bucht Von Adrasan and Cirali Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Lower Duden Waterfalls and Mermerli Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Antalya: Aspendos Ruins and Theater (in Serik), Side (Ancient Theater & Temple of Apollo) and Royal Jewellers (in Saklikent). 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 Adrasan Sahili.

Plan trip to Antalya with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Istanbul to Antalya by flight takes about 5.5 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 travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Adrasan, Manavgat, Cirali Beach, Aspendos Ruins and Theater, Goynuk Canyon
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Lower Duden Waterfalls ©
Lower Duden Waterfalls
Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater
Cirali Beach ©
Cirali Beach

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.
For shopping fun, head to Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop or Kuşadası Market. Visit Bibliotheque de Celsus and The Temple of Artemis for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Izmir: Selcuk (Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Ancient City of Ephesus, &more), Ladies Beach (in Kusadasi) and Sirince Koyu (in Sirince). 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 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites Parks 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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