17 days in Turkey Itinerary

17 days in Turkey Itinerary

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17 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Izmir
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  3​h 30​min
2
Istanbul
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Bursa
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Trabzon
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Kuwait City

4
nights
Izmir

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Izmir: Selcuk (Keci Kalesi, Populer Leather, & more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Ekmeksiz Plaji, take in the natural beauty of Balcova, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Jonh, and don't miss a visit to Mosquee Bleu.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Izmir trip app .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Izmir is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Kuwait City in August; daily highs in Izmir reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Selcuk, Balcova
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA ©
Balcova ©
Balcova

7
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.
Spend the 15th (Thu) floating through the air with a balloon tour. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Istanbul online trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Izmir to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In August, Istanbul is a bit warmer than Izmir - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

2
nights
Bursa

Bursa ©
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Kardanadam, admire the striking features of Ulu Cami, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Aktopraklik Hoyuk Arkeopark ve Acikhava Muzesi and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Somuncu baba hazretleri.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bursa trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Bursa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Bursa, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Bursa

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Osmangazi, Kardanadam
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Muradiye Camii ©
Muradiye Camii

3
nights
Trabzon

Trabzon ©
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Step out of Trabzon with an excursion to Limni Golu Tabiat Parki in Gumushane--about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, contemplate the long history of Atatürk Köşkü, admire the verdant scenery at Zagnos Vadisi, and explore the fascinating underground world of Çal Mağarası.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Trabzon day trip planning website .

You can fly from Bursa to Trabzon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Trabzon can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Trabzon

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hidirnebi Yaylasi, Culture Museum, Limni Golu Tabiat Parki
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Çal Mağarası ©
Çal Mağarası
Zagnos Vadisi ©
Zagnos Vadisi
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum

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