12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + Drive:  15​h
1
Rize
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Uzungol
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
3
Marmaris
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Bodrum City
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Dubai

2
nights
Rize

Rize ©
Rize is the capital city of Rize Province in the eastern part of the Black Sea Region of Turkey.NameThe name comes from Greek (riza) or Ριζαίον (Rizaion), meaning "mountain slopes". Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): appreciate the views at Ayder Yaylasi, then explore the activities along Firtina Deresi, then look for gifts at Lazika Cay, and finally explore the historical opulence of Zilkale. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Palovit Selalesi and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rize vacation planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rize is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Dubai in September, things will get colder in Rize: highs are around 29°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Uzungol.

Things to do in Rize

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Camlihemsin, Lazika Cay
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Ayder Yaylasi ©
Ayder Yaylasi
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Uzungol

Uzungol ©
Uzungöl is a lake situated to the south of the city of Trabzon, in the Çaykara district of Trabzon Province, Turkey. Plan a Uzungol trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Rize to Uzungol in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Marmaris.

Things to do in Uzungol

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Caykara, Forum Trabzon
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Uzungol ©
Uzungol
Sultan Murat Plateau ©
Sultan Murat Plateau

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): browse the different shops at Grand Bazzar, kick back and relax at Icmeler Beach, and then stop by Trust Gold & Diamonds.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Marmaris online vacation planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Uzungol to Marmaris. In October, daily temperatures in Marmaris can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Marmaris

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Icmeler
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Grand Bazzar ©
Grand Bazzar
Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach

2
nights
Bodrum City

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): look for gifts at Gallery Mustafa. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, browse the eclectic array of goods at Bodrum Bazaar, then kick back and relax at Bitez Beach, then browse the different shops at Midtown Shopping Mall, and finally contemplate the long history of Myndos Gate.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bodrum City trip itinerary website .

Drive from Marmaris to Bodrum City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Marmaris in October since evenings lows in Bodrum City dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Ortakent
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Bitez Beach ©
Bitez Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Gallery Mustafa ©
Gallery Mustafa

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Dalia Beach and Silivri Sahili. Head to Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Streetfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Bentler Tabiat Parki, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take a stroll through Ortakoy, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Bodrum City to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bodrum City in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Istanbul. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bentler Tabiat Parki ©
Bentler Tabiat Parki
Kapali Carsi ©
Kapali Carsi
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy

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