18 days in Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Turkey Itinerary

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18 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly + Drive:  12 h 30 min
1
Bursa
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
2
Trabzon
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Goreme
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Antalya
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Kas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
7
Bodrum City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
8
Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly:  10 h
End: Karachi

1
night
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 20th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulu Cami, get a taste of the local shopping with Koza Hani, then take an in-depth tour of Ordekli Culture and Art Center, and finally stop by Covered Bazaar (Bedesten).

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bursa itinerary builder.

Karachi, Pakistan to Bursa is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pakistan Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In March, daily temperatures in Bursa can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Koza Hani ©
Koza Hani
Ulu Cami ©
Ulu Cami
Covered Bazaar (Bedesten) ©
Covered Bazaar (Bedesten)

1
night
Trabzon

Trabzon
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Hacka Yaylasi and then explore the striking landscape of Surmene Camburnu Tabiat Parki.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Trabzon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bursa to Trabzon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Trabzon are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Trabzon

Parks Wildlife Nature
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3
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Goreme National Park and Kapadokya Ebru Sanat Evi. Head to Alaturca Taner and La Maison du Kilimfor plenty of shopping. Go for a jaunt from Goreme to Derinkuyu to see Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: do some rugged touring at local off-road trails, ride a horse along Lucky Horse Ranch, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, and look for all kinds of wild species at Damsa Baraji.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Goreme trip builder site .

You can fly from Trabzon to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Trabzon in March since evenings lows in Goreme dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Uchisar, Urgup, Chez Galip, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
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Off-Road & ATV Trails
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides

1
night
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 25th (Wed): browse the range of quality goods at Balon Park, kick back and relax at Konyaalti Beach, then look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, and finally stop by Kaleici.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya vacation maker website .

You can fly from Goreme to Antalya in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Antalya: highs are around 21°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Kas.

Things to do in Antalya

Beaches Neighborhoods Parks
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Konyaalti Beach
Konyaalti Beach
Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery ©
Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery

2
nights
Kas

Kas ©
An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stroll through Kekova Sound, stroll through Tersane Koyu, kick back and relax at Kaputas Beach, then browse the exhibits of Tugra Art Gallery, and finally stop by Atelier Thalia. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Patara Plajı, then don't miss a visit to Lions Tomb, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kas tour planner.

Traveling by car from Antalya to Kas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kas can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kekova Sound, Patara Plajı, Tersane Koyu
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Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Patara Plajı ©
Patara Plajı

1
night
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and finally take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale travel planner.

Drive from Kas to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Balloon Rides

2
nights
Bodrum City

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Ender Guzey Museum ARThill, enjoy the sand and surf at Mor Plaj, look for gifts at Ocean Jewellery, then take in the exciting artwork at Dibeklihan, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Gun Batimi Plaji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Yaliciftlik Sahili, do a tasting at Vinbodrum, then kick back and relax at Torba Plaji, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bodrum City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Bodrum City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Ocean Jewellery, Dibeklihan, Yaliciftlik Sahili, Torba Plaji, Mor Plaj
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Gun Batimi Plaji ©
Gun Batimi Plaji
Scuba & Snorkeling
Vinbodrum ©
Vinbodrum

6
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.
Shop till you drop at Istiklal Street and Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Ortakoy. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bentler Tabiat Parki.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Istanbul holiday app .

You can fly from Bodrum City to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Bodrum City in March, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Shopping Wildlife
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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