The Ultimate 6-Day Itinerary For Türkiye

Waquar Habib


Türkiye offers rich experiences, blending ancient wonders with vibrant culture. Every corner is a treasure trove, from the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to Cappadocia's surreal landscapes and Antalya's sun-kissed beaches. Discover its history, cuisine and hospitality.

Hot air balloons at sunset in Goreme valley, Cappadocia | Shutterstock

Day 1:


Begin your day by visiting the iconic Hagia Sophia, an architectural marvel that has served as a church, mosque and museum throughout the centuries. Afterwards, you can explore the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) with its stunning blue tiles and intricate architecture.

Hagia Sophia at the time of dusk | Shutterstock


Take a stroll through the vibrant lanes of the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest and biggest indoor markets. You can find many products here, from spices to textiles. Afterwards, head to a local eatery to relish a traditional Turkish lunch featuring mouth-watering dishes such as kebabs, mezze and baklava.

The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul | Shutterstock


Take a stroll along the shores of the Bosphorus in Sultanahmet's historic district and enjoy dinner at a rooftop restaurant with panoramic views of Istanbul illuminated at night.

Sailboats at Bosphorus | Shutterstock

Day 2: Cappadocia


Catch an early morning flight to Cappadocia and start your day with a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the unique landscapes of Cappadocia.

Hot air balloons over Cappadocia | Shutterstock


Discover the Göreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring rock-cut churches and Byzantine-era cave dwellings. Explore Pasabag Valley's fairy chimneys, a collection of unique rock formations.

Göreme Open-Air Museum | Shutterstock


Relax and unwind with a traditional Turkish bath experience at a local hammam. Enjoy a dinner featuring regional specialities such as testi kebab (cooked in a clay pot) or mantı (Turkish dumplings).

Statue in front of the entrance to the traditional Turkish baths in Uchisar Cappadocia | Shutterstock

Day 3: Pamukkale & Hierapolis


Head to Pamukkale, famous for its stunning white travertine terraces created by hot mineral waters. Discover the pools and terraces and relax in the thermal waters.

Natural travertine pools and terraces in Pamukkale | Shutterstock


Explore the ancient city of Hierapolis, located on top of Pamukkale. Visit well-preserved ruins, such as the theatre, necropolis and Roman baths. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant and try traditional dishes like gözleme or köfte.

The roman theater is located in the middle of Hierapolis | Shutterstock


Relax and rejuvenate at a spa or thermal hotel, indulging in a therapeutic mud bath or spa treatment. Enjoy a peaceful evening in Pamukkale, taking in the tranquil surroundings and perhaps catching a sunset over the terraces.

Natural travertine pools and terraces at sunset | Shutterstock

Day 4: Ephesus & Izmir


Depart for Ephesus, one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the Mediterranean region. Explore the ruins of Ephesus, including the Library of Celsus, the Great Theater and the Temple of Artemis.

A view of Ephesus | Shutterstock


Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a pilgrimage site believed to be the final home of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Take a scenic drive to Izmir, Turkey's third-largest city, known for its vibrant atmosphere and coastal charm.

House of the Virgin Mary at Izmir | Shutterstock


Discover the vibrant Kordon waterfront, teeming with cafes, bars and restaurants, and enjoy a delectable seafood dinner featuring fresh catches from the Aegean Sea.

An aerial view of Aegean Sea | Shutterstoc

Day 5: Bodrum


Head to Bodrum, a charming coastal town renowned for its ancient ruins and vibrant nightlife. Explore the Castle of St. Peter, a medieval fortress housing the Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

Castle of St. Peter | Shutterstock


Discover the ancient ruins of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You can also enjoy the beaches of Bodrum or take a boat tour to explore the nearby bays and islands.

Mausoleum of Halicarnassus | Shutterstock


Explore Bodrum's vibrant nightlife scene, with bustling bars, clubs and waterfront restaurants. Savour fresh seafood and traditional Turkish meze paired with local wines or raki, an anise-flavoured spirit.

Turkish meze | Shutterstock

Day 6: Antalya


Antalya is a beautiful coastal city, famous for its Old Town and picturesque beaches. Visitors can explore the historic district of Kaleiçi, characterised by narrow streets, ancient city walls and Ottoman-era architecture.

Old harbour in Antalya | Shutterstock


Explore Antalya's rich history at the Antalya Museum, stroll along the stunning cliffs of Düden Waterfalls, or unwind on the sandy shores of Konyaaltı Beach.

Düden Waterfalls | Shutterstock


Enjoy a farewell dinner at a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Take in the sunset over the harbour, reflecting on your unforgettable journey through Turkey.

Sunset at the Düden Waterfalls | Shutterstock

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