12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Antalya
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Cape Town

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eminonu Square and Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam. Get outdoors at Balloon Rides and Halic. Step out of Istanbul with an excursion to Sapanca Lake in Sapanca--about 1h 25 min away. It doesn't end there: take a stroll through Beyoglu.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul driving holiday planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in April, expect Istanbul to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Sapanca Lake
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Eminonu Square
Eminonu Square
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy
Beyoglu ©
Beyoglu

2
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Goreme National Park, then head off-road at local off-road trails, then appreciate the views at Red Valley, and finally browse the handmade items at Naile Art Gallery- Cappadocia Ebru Art Center.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Goreme driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Goreme, with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Red Valley
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Red Valley ©
Red Valley
Off-Road & ATV Trails

3
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.
Get outdoors at Carya Golf Club and Antalya Golf Club. You'll get in some beach time at Kaputas Beach and Cirali Beach. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, tee off at Gloria Golf Club, and have some family-friendly fun at Ters Ev.

Before you visit Antalya, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Antalya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Goreme in May since evenings lows in Antalya dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Antalya

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trips

Carya Golf Club, Cirali Beach
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Carya Golf Club ©
Carya Golf Club
Cirali Beach ©
Cirali Beach
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and Sultanahmet Square. See even more of Istanbul: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, walk around Gulhane Park, and admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul vacation builder website .

Getting from Antalya to Istanbul by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Antalya in May; daily highs in Istanbul reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District
Istiklal Street ©
Istiklal Street

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