21 days in Istanbul, Trabzon & Antalya Itinerary

21 days in Istanbul, Trabzon & Antalya Itinerary

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21 days in Istanbul, Trabzon & Antalya Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Istanbul
— 10 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Trabzon
— 2 nights
3
Antalya
— 8 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Dubai

10
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 17th (Fri) floating through the air with a balloon tour. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the striking features of Suleymaniye Cami , admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Dubai to Istanbul, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in August, with highs in Istanbul at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

2
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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get great views at Sumela Monastery, get great views at Boztepe, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fatih Camii, then examine the collection at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Sera Golu, take in the dramatic natural features at Ortahisar, then see the interesting displays at Trabzon Sehir Muzesi, and finally see the interesting displays at Trabzon Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Trabzon online vacation planner .

Fly from Istanbul to Trabzon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. August in Trabzon sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Trabzon

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Side Trip

Sera Golu
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Sera Golu ©
Sera Golu
Ortahisar ©
Ortahisar
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum

8
nights
Antalya

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antalya: Cirali (Chimaera, Cirali Beach, & more), Olympos Ruins (in Olympos) and Side (Aspendos Bridge & Greek Amphitheater). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Duden Waterfalls, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Antalya Aquarium, explore the ancient world of Perge Ancient City, and take a stroll through Kaleici.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Antalya online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Trabzon to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Trabzon, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Antalya, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

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Side Trips

Manavgat, Cirali, Phaselis, Olympos Ruins
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Cirali Beach ©
Cirali Beach
Hip-Notics Cable Ski ©
Hip-Notics Cable Ski
Duden Waterfalls ©
Duden Waterfalls

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