14 days in Turkey Itinerary

14 days in Turkey Itinerary

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14 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  11​h
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Canakkale
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Antalya
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
5
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Turnatour - Bosphorus Dinner Cruise, Nayah Reggae World Music Club, Bosphorus Cruise, and other attractions you added. On the 15th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, let your taste buds guide you at Turnatour - Bosphorus Dinner Cruise, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take an in-depth tour of Rumeli Fortress, and finally wander the streets of Taksim Square. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Hippodrome (At Meydani), admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, then admire the masterpieces at Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi), and finally see Bosphorus Cruise.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Istanbul route maker website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Istanbul. When traveling from Johannesburg in March, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 14°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sun) before leaving for Canakkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Outdoors Tours Museums
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
Canakkale

Canakkale ©
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Canakkale Naval Museum as well as Gallipoli National Park. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the history at Troy (Truva).

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Canakkale online itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Istanbul to Canakkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 6°C in Canakkale. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Bergama.

Things to do in Canakkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gallipoli National Park
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Troy (Truva) ©
Troy (Truva)
Canakkale Naval Museum ©
Canakkale Naval Museum

2
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.
You've added Kaleici, Temple of Apollo, Chimaera, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 21st (Thu), steep yourself in history at Hadrian's Gate, admire the sheer force of Kursunlu Waterfalls, then admire the sheer force of Duden Waterfalls, and finally identify plant and animal life at Chimaera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo and then take a stroll through Kaleici.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Antalya trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Izmir to Antalya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Izmir in March, with highs in Antalya at 21°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Temple of Apollo, Chimaera
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Kursunlu Waterfalls
Kursunlu Waterfalls
Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo
Kaleici ©
Kaleici

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fairy Chimneys as well as Hot Air Ballooning Cappadocia. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): soar above the sights with Hot Air Ballooning Cappadocia, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, then don't miss a visit to Kaymakli Underground City, then delve into the distant past at Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Uzumlu Kilise.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Goreme day trip planner .

You can fly from Antalya to Goreme in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Antalya in March; daily highs in Goreme reach 16°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Derinkuyu
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Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Uzumlu  Kilise ©
Uzumlu Kilise
Kaymakli Underground City ©
Kaymakli Underground City

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): stroll through Pamukkale Natural Park and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis & Pamukkale, take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cleopatra Pools, and finally stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

2
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul
Kadikoy Carsisi has been added to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Kadikoy Carsisi.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 14°C in Istanbul. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Shopping
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