15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip itinerary builder

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Fly
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Bursa
— 1 night
Drive
3
Canakkale
— 1 night
Fly
4
Ankara
— 1 night
Train
5
Konya
— 1 night
Drive
6
Nevsehir
— 1 night
Drive
7
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Drive
8
Mersin
— 1 night
Drive
9
Adana
— 1 night
Drive
10
Gaziantep
— 1 night
Fly
11
Antalya
— 1 night
Drive
12
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
13
Fethiye
— 1 night
Fly

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Istanbul

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Great Palace Mosaics Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, then admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and finally take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

Cork, Ireland to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cork to Istanbul is 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cork in May; daily highs in Istanbul reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Find places to stay May 10 — 12:

Bursa

— 1 night
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 13th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Isabey CAMii, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Somuncu Baba FIrInI ve Cilehanesi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yesil Camii, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulu Cami.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bursa online holiday planner.

Drive from Istanbul to Bursa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Canakkale.

Things to do in Bursa

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 12 — 13:

Canakkale

— 1 night
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
On the 14th (Fri), explore the galleries of Rhapsodos Mozaik, contemplate the long history of Saat Kulesi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Namazgah Tabyalari, then stroll the grounds of SoganlIdere Sehitligi, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Kesikdere Sehitligi.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Canakkale tour builder website.

You can drive from Bursa to Canakkale in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Canakkale

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay May 13 — 14:

Ankara

— 1 night

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, see the interesting displays at Erimtan Arkeoloji ve Sanat Muzesi, then see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, and finally learn more about the world around you at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ankara sightseeing website.

Traveling by flight from Canakkale to Ankara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Canakkale, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ankara, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Konya.

Things to do in Ankara

Find places to stay May 14 — 15:

Konya

— 1 night

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seyh Sadreddin Konevi Turbesi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aziziye Cami, then get engrossed in the history at Mevlana Muzesi, and finally see the interesting displays at Konyanuma Panorama Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Konya itinerary builder website.

Take a train from Ankara to Konya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Ankara in May, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Konya: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Nevsehir.

Things to do in Konya

Find places to stay May 15 — 16:

Nevsehir

— 1 night
Thousands of years of civilization are visibly present at Nevsehir, a major city in Cappaddocia famously graced with fairy chimneys, carved houses, churches, and frescoes.
On the 17th (Mon), Head underground at Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri and then admire the verdant scenery at Red Valley.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nevsehir tour planner.

Traveling by car from Konya to Nevsehir takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Goreme.

Things to do in Nevsehir

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 1 night
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 18th (Tue): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip website.

Goreme is just a short distance from Nevsehir. In May in Goreme, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mersin.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 17 — 18:

Mersin

— 1 night
Mersin is a large city and a port on the Mediterranean coast of southern Turkey. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Nusret Minelayer Museum, then see the interesting displays at Ataturk House Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Mersin Arkeoloji Muzesi.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mersin road trip app.

You can drive from Goreme to Mersin in 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Goreme in May; daily highs in Mersin reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Adana.

Things to do in Mersin

Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 18 — 19:

Adana

— 1 night
Adana is a major city in southern Turkey. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sabanci Merkez Camii, examine the collection at Adana Sinema Muzesi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulu Cami ve Kulliyesi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yeni Camii, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kemeralti Camii.

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Drive from Mersin to Adana in 1.5 hours. In May in Adana, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Gaziantep.

Things to do in Adana

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 19 — 20:

Gaziantep

— 1 night
A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
On the 21st (Fri), see the interesting displays at Emine Gogus Mutfak Muzesi, examine the collection at Hamam Muzesi, then get engrossed in the history at Gaziantep Museum of Archaelogy, then admire the masterpieces at Zeugma Mosaic Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omeriye Mosque.

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You can drive from Adana to Gaziantep in 3 hours. Traveling from Adana in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Gaziantep, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Gaziantep

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 20 — 21:

Antalya

— 1 night
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 22nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, steep yourself in history at Hadrian's Gate, then kick back and relax at Mermerli Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Antalya online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Gaziantep to Antalya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Antalya when traveling from Gaziantep in May, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:

Pamukkale

— 1 night

Cotton Castle

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale online tour planner.

You can drive from Antalya to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 22 — 23:

Fethiye

— 1 night
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): hike along The Lycian Way.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fethiye online travel route builder.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Fethiye in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in Fethiye are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fethiye

Trails · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

Turkey travel guide

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Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.