A lot are asking how I spent my days and how much I spent in Turkey, so I’m sharing our 14-day Turkey itinerary and budget. The itinerary could, of course, be tailored to suit your pace and preferences. I hope this helps in your travel planning.
Turkey is such a big country and I wouldn’t be surprised if travelers wanting a short visit to Turkey get overwhelmed while planning. I, myself, shuddered with excitement as I researched more about the country. However, the more I looked for information and the more I saw stunning pictures of Turkey, the more confused I got on what to include in our 14-day trip.
And so we came up with this Turkey itinerary after all the wanderlusting and prioritizing. I would say I was happy with this itinerary as it allowed me to see the historical sites, admire stunning architectures, marvel at the turquoise blue seas, see unique out-of-this-planet landscapes, discover countryside life and go on adventures.
Here it goes.
14 Days Turkey Itinerary
|DAY 1 - CAPPADOCIA|
|Arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport from Manila||Stop over at Doha, Qatar|
|Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Nevsehir Airport||Turkish Airlines|
|Nevsehir Airport to Hotel in Göreme||Airport pick-up arranged through hotel|
|DAY 2 - CAPPADOCIA|
|Hot Air Balloon Ride|
|Breakfast at Hotel|
|DAY 3 - CAPPADOCIA|
|Red and Rose Valley Hike|
|ATV Sunset Tour|
|Göreme to Antalya bus night trip||Suha Turizm Bus;
We booked a day before the trip at the Göreme bus station
|DAY 5 - ANTALYA|
|Arrival at Antalya bus station|
|Antalya bus station to Old Town Kaleiçi||There’s a free shuttle from the Antalya bus station going to the Old Town Kaleiçi|
|Check-in at Hotel in Old Town Kaleiçi||Hired car through hotel|
|Perge Archaeological Site||Hired car through hotel|
|Aspendos Archaeological Site||Hired car through hotel|
|Duden Waterfalls||Hired car through hotel|
|Walk around Old Town Kaleiçi at night|
|DAY 6 - KUSADASI|
|Hotel to Antalya airport||Hired car through hotel|
|Antalya Airport to Izmir Airport||Pegasus Airlines|
|Izmir Airport to Selçuk||By train|
|Selçuk Train Station to Hotel in Selçuk||By taxi|
|Selçuk to Kuşadası and back||Minibus from the otogar station|
|DAY 7 - EPHESUS, SELÇUK||Took a one-day tour|
|House of Virgin Mary|
|Isa Bey Mosque|
|Temple of Artemis|
|DAY 7 - PAMUKKALE||Took a one-day tour|
|Pamukkale from Selçuk and back (Hierapolis and Travertines)|
|DAY 7 - SELÇUK, ŞIRINCE VILLAGE|
|Basilica of St. John||Walking distance from our hotel|
|Ayaslug Citadel||Walking distance from our hotel|
|Ephesus Museum||Walking distance from our hotel|
|Selçuk to Şirince Village and back||Minibus from the otogar station|
|Selçuk to Izmir Airport||Airport shuttle arranged through hotel|
|Izmir Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport||Pegasus Airlines|
|Ataturk Airport to Hotel (Sultanahmet area)||Airport transfer arranged through hotel|
|DAY 10 – ISTANBUL: SULTANAHMET AREA|
|Blue Mosque||All these popular sites are within walking distance from each other.|
|Istanbul Mosaic Museum|
|Sultanahmet Park at night|
|Ataturk Airport to Hotel (Sultanahmet area)|
|DAY 11 – ISTANBUL: EUROPEAN SIDE|
|Sultanahmet to Kabatas||Tram|
|Kabatas station to Taksim||Funicular|
|Istiklal Caddessi Walk|
|Galata Mevleni Museum|
|Bosphorus Short Cruise (~ 2 hrs)||Got boat ticket from Karaköy station|
|Back to Sultanahmet||Tram|
|DAY 12 – ISTANBUL: PRINCES ISLAND OR ADANAR|
|Sultanahmet to Kabatas station||Tram|
|To Adanar (Buyukada Island or Princes Island)||Ferry|
|Phaeton/Horse Cart Ride|
|Walk around the island|
|Back to Kabatas||Ferry|
|Kabatas to Sirkeci||Tram|
|Watched Whirling Dervishes||At the Hodjapasha Center, walking distance from Sirkeci tram station|
|DAY 13 – ISTANBUL|
|Gulhane to Eminönü|
|Eminönü bus station to Chora Museum||Got off at Edirnekapi bus stop, then walk to the museum|
|Back to Eminonu||Bus|
|Eminönü to Sultanahmet||Tram|
|DAY 14 – ISTANBUL|
|Rustem Pasa Mosque|
|Cemberlitas to Tophane||Tram|
|Istanbul Modern||From Tophane tram station, it’s a short walk to the museum|
|Tophane to Sultanahmet||Tram|
|Airport transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport||Arranged through hotel|
|Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Manila||Stop-over at Doha, Qatar|
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Summary of Expenses
And here is a summary of our expenses. Note that the cost reflected is for one person. Meals and accommodation is shared by two. The exchange rate I used (3.22 TRY: 1 EUR) was based on the prevailing rate when we traveled, that is, last March 2016.
|Item||TRY (Turkish Lira)|
|FOOD AND DRINKS (TOTAL)||658.80|
|Istanbul to Nevsehir (Cappadocia) – Turkish Airlines||134|
|Nevsehir Airport to Hotel in Göreme||free because we booked tours through the hotel|
|Göreme to Antalya bus night trip||50.00|
|Antalya hotel to Antalya airport||22.50|
|Antalya to Izmir – Pegasus Airlines||49.99|
|Izmir to Selcuk by train||5.00|
|Taxi from Selcuk Train Station to Selcuk Hotel||5.00|
|Minibus from Selcuk to Kusadasi and back||12.00|
|Selçuk to Sirince Village and back by minibus||6.00|
|Selçuk to Izmir Airport||20.00|
|Izmir to Ataturk – Pegasus Airlines||49.99|
|Ataturk Airport to Hotel in Sultanahmet||55.00|
|Istanbulkart (for tram) load (used for 5 days)||40.00|
|Ferry to Adanar and back||12.00|
|Hotel in Sultanahmet to Ataturk Airport||20.00|
|MUSEUM, SITE FEES, TOURS (TOTAL)||1,125.00|
|Turkey Museum Pass – 15 Days||185.00|
|Hot Air Balloon Ride||120.00|
|Green Tour Cappadocia||100.00|
|Red and Rose Valley Walking Tour and Cavusin village||25.00|
|ATV Sunset Tour||100.00|
|Red Tour Cappadocia||85.00|
|Perge, Aspendos, Duden Waterfalls by car hire||37.50|
|Duden Waterfalls entrance fee||3.00|
|Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour||130.00|
|Basilica Cistern entrance fee||20.00|
|Galata Tower entrance fee||25.00|
|Bosphorus Short Cruise||12.00|
|Phaeton/Horse Cart Ride||37.50|
or 993 USD
Other costs such as souvenirs and roundtrip flights to Istanbul from Manila is not included in this summary. Costs may be reduced if you are a company of more than three when taking taxis.
- If you plan to visit historical places or archaeological sites in Turkey, consider buying a Museum Pass. Depending on the sites you plan to visit, they have a Museum Pass Istanbul for 5 days, Museum Pass Cappadocia, Museum Pass the Aegean, Museum Pass Mediterranean and Museum Pass Turkey.
- We bought the latter, which is valid for 15 days. This could be bought at any of the ticket booths of the sites where the pass can be used. Check out my itinerary and the cost summary. If the sites are not included in the cost, it’s because these are included in the pass.
- When joining guided tours, check whether your itinerary includes sites that are covered by the Museum Pass. The cost of guided tours normally includes entrance fees to sights. If this is the case, you can tell your tour operator that you’ll use your pass. They should be able to refund or deduct this cost from the total package cost. Deduction is, however, not the full cost as the single ticket cost because of guide/operator fees. Nevertheless, using the Museum Pass still proved to have saved us money.
- Be ready to always make small coins available (1 – 1 TRY) for public toilet fees. These are also not included in the summary. I don’t want anyone to be counting how many times I used the toilets. Hehe.
- Istanbulkart can be used for tram, bus and metro rides. One card can be used to pay for more than one passenger. Simply tap up the card on the sensor, allow a passenger to go through the turnstile. Repeat using the same card for the next passenger. Hence, when you’re traveling with a group, you can buy just one card and just reload as necessary.
- If you’re planning to watch the Whirling Dervishes, which I recommend that you do, check for the schedules right away. The Whirling Dervish is a religious ceremony held only in specific venues, days and time. You may ask help from the hotel staff. They could even book tickets for you. The best place to see this is in Konya, but they also have rites in Istanbul.
That’s it! I hope this Turkey itinerary helps you with your planning. Happy travels!
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