12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  7​h
1
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Marmaris
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Bodrum City
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Kuwait City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): wander the streets of Sirince Koyu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Public Latrine, explore the ancient world of The Terrace Houses, then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally explore the ancient world of Celsus Kutuphanesi.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk trip maker app .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Selcuk is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kuwait City to Selcuk due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuwait City in March, things will get slightly colder in Selcuk: highs are around 19°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Sirince Koyu
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Ephesus Terrace Houses ©
Ephesus Terrace Houses
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

3
nights
Marmaris

Marmaris ©
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
On the 19th (Mon), look for gifts at Latina Goldsmith, then look for gifts at Simons Diamonds, then stop by Ruby, and finally kick back and relax at Icmeler Beach. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at My Silver Jewellery, stop by Istanbul watch center, Icmeler, and then choose your vessel at Marmaris Zeus Boat.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Marmaris using our trip planner.

Getting from Selcuk to Marmaris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Marmaris can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Marmaris

Outdoors Transportation Wildlife

Side Trip

Icmeler
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Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach
Marmaris Zeus Boat ©
Marmaris Zeus Boat
Latina Goldsmiths ©
Latina Goldsmiths

1
night
Bodrum City

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): examine the collection at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, then explore the historical opulence of Castle of St. Peter, and then stop by Socrates.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Bodrum City using our trip planner.

You can drive from Marmaris to Bodrum City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Marmaris in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Bodrum City. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Ocean Jewellery
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Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter
Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology ©
Vinbodrum ©
Vinbodrum

5
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.
Family-friendly places like Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) and Basilica Cistern will thrill your kids. Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koç Museum, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Istanbul trip website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Bodrum City to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Bodrum City in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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