15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

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15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  5 h
2
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Bodrum City
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Fethiye
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Kas
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Antalya
— 2 nights
Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Pittsburgh

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.
Get some cultural insight at Basilica Cistern and Sultanahmet District. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Suma Beach and Solar Plajı. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), enjoy the sand and surf at Florya Sahil Parkı, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yeni Cami, and get interesting insight from Bosphorus Tours Istanbul.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner .

Pittsburgh, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Pittsburgh in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 48°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District

2
nights
Selcuk

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
On the 5th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, kick back and relax at Sevgi Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, explore the ancient world of The Terrace Houses, delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate, and finally explore the ancient world of Celsus Kutuphanesi.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Istanbul to Selcuk takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Selcuk, with lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Sevgi Beach
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

2
nights
Bodrum City

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
On the 7th (Mon), kick back and relax at Bitez Beach, explore the historical opulence of Castle of St. Peter, and then examine the collection at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Yahsi Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Bodrum Amphitheater.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bodrum City online trip itinerary builder .

Take a bus from Selcuk to Bodrum City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Selcuk in January; daily highs in Bodrum City reach 60°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Yahsi Beach
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Bitez Beach ©
Bitez Beach
Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter

1
night
Fethiye

Fethiye ©
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
On the 9th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lycian Way, then kick back and relax at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach), and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Kayakoy.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Fethiye road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Bodrum City to Fethiye takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Bodrum City in January, expect little chillier with lows of 42°F in Fethiye. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Fethiye

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Oludeniz PlajI
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Patara Plajı and Kaputas Beach. Castle of Simena and Tugra Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Kas to Patara to see Patara Amphitheatre about 46 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: tour the water at your own pace with Dennis Boat - Private or Daily Tours.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kas trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Fethiye to Kas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in January, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Patara, Castle of Simena
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Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Patara Plajı ©
Patara Plajı
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
On the 13th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mermerli Beach, then admire the landmark architecture of Yivli Minaret Mosque, and finally delve into the distant past at Kesik Minaret Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Duden Waterfalls, then take in the views from Aspendos Bridge, then examine the collection at Sandland, and finally see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Antalya trip planner.

You can drive from Kas to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Antalya are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Aspendos Bridge
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Aspendos Bridge ©
Aspendos Bridge
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi
Hadrian's Gate
Hadrian's Gate

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