Turkey itinerary 12 days – Sample

Day 1: Istanbul


  • Arrival at Istanbul Airport
  • Transfer to the hotel
  • Explore the historic Sultanahmet area
  • Visit the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace
  • Enjoy a traditional Turkish dinner

Day 2: Istanbul

  • Bosphorus cruise to see the city from the water
  • Visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping
  • Explore the Spice Bazaar and sample local delicacies
  • Optional: Visit the Basilica Cistern or take a Turkish cooking class

Day 3: Cappadocia

  • Flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia
  • Check-in at a cave hotel
  • Visit the Goreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Explore the fairy chimneys of Pasabag and Devrent Valley
  • Enjoy a hot air balloon ride during sunrise (optional)

Day 4: Cappadocia

  • Early morning: Optional hot air balloon ride
  • Visit the underground city of Kaymakli or Derinkuyu
  • Explore the charming towns of Avanos and Uchisar
  • Experience a traditional Turkish folk dance performance in the evening

Day 5: Pamukkale

  • Drive from Cappadocia to Pamukkale
  • Visit the striking white travertine terraces of Pamukkale
  • Explore the ancient city of Hierapolis and its ruins
  • Relax in the thermal waters of Cleopatra’s Pool

Day 6: Ephesus

  • Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk
  • Visit the ancient city of Ephesus, including the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre
  • Visit the House of Virgin Mary
  • Enjoy leisure time in the charming town of Selcuk

Day 7: Bodrum


  • Drive from Selcuk to Bodrum
  • Explore the ancient ruins of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
  • Relax at the beautiful Bodrum beaches
  • Visit the Bodrum Castle and Museum of Underwater Archaeology

Day 8: Antalya

  • Flight from Bodrum to Antalya
  • Explore the old town of Antalya (Kaleici)
  • Visit the ancient Roman Hadrian’s Gate and the Antalya Museum
  • Enjoy the stunning views from the cliffs of the Duden Waterfalls

Day 9: Antalya

  • Full-day excursion to the ancient city of Perge and the Aspendos Theater
  • Optional: Boat tour along the coast of Antalya, with swimming stops in pristine bays
  • Evening stroll along the lively Antalya Marina

Day 10: Antalya – Fethiye

  • Drive from Antalya to Fethiye
  • Explore the picturesque town of Fethiye
  • Optional: Take a boat trip to the stunning Butterfly Valley and Oludeniz Beach

Day 11: Fethiye

  • Full-day excursion to the ancient Lycian ruins of Tlos and Saklikent Gorge
  • Enjoy outdoor activities like hiking or river tubing in Saklikent Gorge
  • Relax at one of Fethiye’s beautiful beaches

Day 12: Departure

  • Transfer to Dalaman Airport for departure

Please note that this is a sample itinerary and can be customized based on your preferences, budget, and available time. It’s important to check the opening hours and availability of attractions, as well as to consider travel distances and possible seasonal variations. Consult with a reputable travel agency or tour operator to plan and arrange the logistics of your 12-day trip to Turkey.

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