A lot had been asking how I spent my trip and how much I spent during our 2 weeks in Turkey, so I’m sharing our 2 Weeks Turkey Itinerary and our cost of travel in Turkey. The itinerary could, of course, be tailored to suit your time 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 2 weeks Turkey trip.
And so we came up with this Turkey itinerary after all the wanderlusting and prioritizations. I would say I was happy with our 2 weeks Turkey 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.
2 Weeks Turkey Itinerary
Day 1 - Cappadocia
|Arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport from Manila||Via Qatar Airways (Check latest deals and airfare here). Stop over at Doha, Qatar, with
Free Doha City Tour (Check here to find out
how to avail a Free Doha City Tour.)
|Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Nevsehir Airport||Turkish Airlines (Also check cheapest airfares from other airlines here.)|
|Nevsehir Airport to Hotel in Göreme||Airport pick-up arranged through hotel|
If you decide to explore Istanbul first, you can ask from your hotel if they offer pick-up service from the airport. Alternatively, you may want to check hassle-free private airport transfer or shared airport transfer to Istanbul city center here.
Day 2 - Cappadocia
|Hot Air Balloon Ride|
|Breakfast at Hotel|
-Goreme Panorama View / Wish Tree
-Derinkuyu Underground City
-Lunch at Belisirma Village
-Ihlara Valley Hike
Day 3 - Cappadocia
|Red and Rose Valley Hike|
|ATV Sunset Tour|
Day 4 - Cappadocia
-Göreme Open Air Museum
-Devrent Valley/ Magic Valley
-Lunch in Avanos Village
-Avanos carpet making
-Avanos traditional pottery making
-Paşabağ fairy chimney rock formations
-Love Valley view point
|Göreme to Antalya bus night trip via Suha Turizm Bus||Booked a day before the trip at the Göreme bus station|
Read more about What to Do in Cappadocia here. You may also browse through Cappadocia activities in the links below:
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|
|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|
Learn more about places to visit in Antalya in this post.
Day 6 - Kuşadası
|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|
Learn more about Selçuk in my article here.
Day 7 - Ephesus and Selçuk
|House of Virgin Mary||Took a one-day mini-bus tour|
|Ephesus Archaeological Site||Took a one-day mini-bus tour|
|Isa Bey Mosque||Took a one-day mini-bus tour|
|Temple of Artemis||Took a one-day mini-bus tour|
Day 8 - Pamukkale
|Pamukkale from Selçuk and back
|Took a one-day mini-bus tour|
Day 9 - Selçuk and 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
|Istanbul Mosaic Museum|
|Sultanahmet Park at night|
All these popular sites are within walking distance from each other. Hence, booking a hotel within the Sultanahmet area will be advantageous. Check available hotels and latest rates here.
Read more about Places to Visit in Istanbul here.
Day 11 - Istanbul European Side
|Sultanahmet to Kabatas||By tram (Check Istanbul Tram Guide here.)|
|Kabatas station to Taksim||By funicular|
|Istiklal Caddessi Walk|
|Galata Mevleni Museum|
|Bosphorus Short Cruise||~ 2 hrs|
|Back to Sultanahmet|
Read more about Places to Visit in Istanbul here.
Day 12 - Princes Island or Adanar
|Sultanahmet to Kabatas station||By tram|
|To Adanar (Buyukada Island or Princes Island)||By ferry|
|Phaeton/Horse Cart Ride|
|Walk around the island|
|Back to Kabatas||By ferry|
|Kabatas to Sirkeci||By tram|
|Watched Whirling Dervishes Ceremony||At the Hodjapasha Center,
walking distance from Sirkeci tram station
Read more about Princes Island here.
Day 13 - Istanbul
|Gulhane to Eminonu||By tram|
|Eminönü bus station to Chora Museum||Get off at Edirnekapi bus stop,
then walk to the museum
|Back to Eminonu||By bus|
|Suleymaniye Mosque||Walk from the station|
|Eminonu to Sultanahmet||By tram|
Day 14 - Istanbul
|Spice Bazaar||By tram|
|Rustem Pasa Mosque|
|Cemberlitas to Tophane||By tram|
|Istanbul Modern||From Tophane tram station,
it’s a short walk to the museum
|Tophane to Sultanahmet||By tram|
|Airport transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport||Arranged through hotel|
|Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Manila||Stop-over at Doha, Qatar|
Turkey Travel Expenses
Here is a summary of our expenses during our 2 weeks in Turkey. Note that the cost reflected is for one person. Meals and accommodation are 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||658.80|
|Istanbul to Nevsehir (Cappadocia) – Turkish Airlines||134.00|
|Nevsehir Airport to Hotel in Göreme||free deal 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|
|Ataturk Airport to Hotel in Sultanahmet||55.00|
|Istanbulkart (for tram) load (used for 5 days)||40 (card is 8.50)|
|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||120.00|
|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|
|Bosphorus Short Cruise||12.00|
|Galata Tower entrance fee||25.00|
|Phaeton/Horse Cart Ride||37.50|
or 993 USD
Other costs such as souvenirs and roundtrip flights to Istanbul from Manila (check latest price from Qatar Airways here) are not included in this summary. Costs may be reduced if you are a group 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.
- 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 2 Weeks Turkey itinerary and summary of cost of travel in Turkey helps you with your planning. Happy travels!
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