A land steeped in history so deep that your step here will be a nostalgic affair with the past. Turkey has been a crossroads for civilisations throughout the existence of mankind. From Istanbul to Ephesus to the stunning landscapes of Cappadocia; Turkey has a lot of storied history and surprises to offer. Hot-air balloon ride over fairy chimneys of Cappadocia is enjoyed by thousands every year while the splendid white terrace pools of Pamukkale are a sight to behold. The Turquoise Coast, stunning beaches, headlands and coves, are some lesser-known delights that a visitor to Turkey should engage in.
You will find an eclectic mix of the great faiths in the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, or while exploring the colorful Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Also, you can witness the outdoors on a scenic boat trip from Kusadasi to the nearest bays, and stroll through the delights of the classical metropolis during your two weeks in Turkey.
This 15 days tour of Turkey itinerary will take you through doorways that only a Turkish insider can open. You can ponder over great faiths in the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, explore colourful Grand Bazaar and exotic spices in Istanbul. Two weeks in Turkey isn’t really enough time for the first time traveller to Turkey to explore the major attractions of the Country. Join us to discover the Best of Turkey in 15 Days!
2 Days in Istanbul - Day trips from Istanbul
Day 1: Istanbul Day Trip
Introduce yourself to Turkey by visiting the Galata Tower, which has the best vantage point in Istanbul. You can also visit Istanbul's Old City – Sultanahmet and take a walking tour of Old Town Istanbul. Also visit the Topkapi Palace Museum, the fortress filled with affluent pavilions, jewel-filled treasury and sprawling harems. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Turkish bath or hamam and then savour on sone delightful Turkish food to end your tour.
Day 2: Istanbul City Tour
If you are looking for something that you have never seen before, then spend 24 hours in Istanbul and take in the sights and sounds of the city. The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are delightful pieces of architecture that you leave you spellbound. You can also enjoy shopping in Grand Bazaar which is at a walking distance from the Blue Mosque. In the evening, you can also enjoy nightlife of Istanbul or take part in some events and enjoy belly dancing – a traditional Turkish dance.
Day 3: Visit Canakkale and Gallipoli - Don't miss the boat ferry
A glorious city, Canakkale has witnessed several different phases of history and is now among the major landmarks of Turkey. You can visit Archaeology Museum, City Museum, Cimenlik Fortress, Trojan Horse among other landmarks that showcase the ancient history of the city. Çanakkale is also the best place to explore the Gallipoli peninsula. Here you can see the Northern Gallipoli Battlefields, Southern Gallipoli Battlefields, and Gökçeada Island among others.
Things to do in Kusadasi - Holiday to Kusadasi
Day 4: Kusadasi Travel Guide
We recommend you take a two days in Kusadasi tour thereafter. It will give you a chance to explore the nature and history together. Enjoy strolling along the streets of the city and try to learn about the history of Kusadasi’s major sites. Walk out across the causeway to the Pigeon Island fortress, dating back to the Ottoman era, or relax on one of the public beaches lining the coast. You can spend time on the beaches here and indulge in windsurfing, water skiing and sailing among other water sports. Thereafter, you can also spend some time shopping in the Kusadasi bazaar.
Day 5: Kusadasi must see
Travel back into the past by visiting the Temple of Apollo at Didyma, which was the site of a famous sanctuary of the Oracle and take a peek into the era of the ancient Greeks. To experience Roman-era ruins of baths and temples, you can take a trip to Sardis. There are numerous nightclubs, so during the 2 days in Kusadasi, you can enjoy the vivid nightlife here.
Day 6: Izmir and Bodrum
Drive to the top of Mount Pagus which rises above the city centre and where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the city and the sight of Bay of Izmir from the walls of Kadifekale hill. Explore Izmir's museums of Archaeology and Ethnography, and also visit Ottoman Clock Tower - city's symbol and finally the city’s elaborate bazaar. Along with Izmir, take a tour of Bodrum, one of the most popular towns in Turkey. This is one of the best kept secrets in the Mediterranean and boasts of a long history, fine art, beautiful nature, golden beaches, pleasant ambiance and vibrant nightlife.
Enjoy a day excursion from Ephesus to Pamukkale. Discover the signature attractions of Pamukkale and Hierapolis region and the Red Spring Waters – the ancient spa town of Hierapolis. The major attractions of Hierapolis also includes Necropolis, Triton Fountain, Frontinious Street, Byzantium Gate, and Apollon Temple among others. You can also explore the natural beauties of Pamukkale by taking a plunge into the Pamukkale Antique Pools.
What is Fethiye like?
Day 8: Fethiye - The ancient city of Telmessos
Among the several places to explore in Turkey, Fethiye is one remarkable option. The best activity in Fethiye is taking a scenic cruise along the coast to explore the natural beauty of the region. There are almost 12 islands, and you can visit a few of them where you can simply relax and take in the stunning sights. You can also visit Dalyan village, which is a 1 hour boat trip from Fethiye. One of the best things about Dalyan, is its Mud bath. You can take a dip in the mud bath and your skin will be all refreshed.
Day 9: Fethiye boat trips
Are you ready for some great adventure? Jeep safaris of Fethiye is one of the most interesting things to do here. Explore some of the natural highlights and archaeological treasures of the region on this enjoyable jeep adventure. Head to the back mountains of Fethiye, where you will find the ancient city of Tlos, which was built on the slopes of a steep hill. You can also see the idyllic forest surrounding the Trout Farm of Yakapark, where you can listen to the sound of rushing water.
Things to do in Antalya
Day 10: What to do in Antalya
See the best of turkey by visiting the temple facades, rock-cut tombs and acropolis at ancient Myra, capital of Lycia. You can enjoy a boat ride to the picturesque Kekova Islands and the ‘Sunken City’ – where the underwater columns and ruins lie clearly in the sea. Make your stop at the village of Simena from its hilltop, and enjoy outstanding views of Simena Castle and turquoise sea.
Day 11: Boat trips in Antalya
You will love the maze of narrow streets winding down to the old Roman harbor, the fluted minarets, small terraced restaurants and adjoining mosques in Antalya. Also the boat ride in the harbour will make it a wonderful day! Thereafter, you can visit the Archaeological Museum in Antalya, where exhibiting of marble sculptures and other Pamphylian artefacts of the region are displayed.
3 days in Cappadocia
Day 12: Things to do in Cappadocia
Cappadocia is a place that that will stay with you for a lifetime. One of the most visited and popular spots for hot air balloon rides in Turkey. Get hypnotised by the surreal and spectacular landscapes of Cappadocia when you take off on a balloon rides above the valleys and wine yards. The best time to visit Cappadocia is from April to October, when the climate is pleasant and skies are clear.
Day 13: South Cappadocia tour - Must do in Cappadocia
Begin your full day tour of South Cappadocia with a visit to the Red Valley, where you will be able to explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike to the top of the Rose Valley. You can also explore Ihlara Valley, Selime Monastery or Nar Lake. Also visit the Çavusin village, which is famous for its churches. Try some authentic dishes here and then you can also drive to the Pigeon Valley. Don’t forget to visit the Derinkuyu Underground City – the deepest underground city in Cappadocia.
Day 14: North Cappadocia tour - What to see and do in Cappadocia
Explore north Cappadocia by visiting the Devrent Valley to see the unique and fairy-tale like rock formations. To see the mushroom-shaped pinnacles, visit the Pasabag Monk’s Valley. You can also visit the beautiful Goreme Open Air Museum, The Castle, and the Valley of Pasabagi here.
With this, you two weeks in Turkey will come to an end. Leave the mesmeric land with memories of a lifetime.