to five days of travel in Turkey can
show you the top
sights of Istanbul,
as well as an excursion to another point of high
interest, with or without a recommended Licensed
sights in minimal time, just
right for a full-day stopover
or a quick overnight visit. More...
you have 2 days, or 3 or 4, this
is the itinerary for your (long-)
weekend getaway—or mid-week, for that matter. More...
Depending on your interests, you may want to go beyond Istanbul, even if your time in Turkey is short. Here are the best
day-trips, overnight excursions and
short multi-day trips from the metropolis. More...
need 2 or 3 days to see all the
best stuff in Istanbul.
In the extra day or two you can
take one or two excursions to
other top sights:
south across the Sea
of Marmara in a fast
catamaran ferry to see this first
capital of the Ottoman
its fine old mosques, silk
weaving trade, and thermal
spas; make it an overnight and
(Nicaea) as well. More...
day-long excursion by bus or car to
see the fine old mosques and
lively bazaars of the second
Ottoman capital, delightfully free
of tourist crowds. More...
by bus or car to
see the Dardanelles,
battlefields, and even ancient Troy;
possible in a day, but better as
an overnight by bus or car
(or on a self-drive
tour all the
way to Ephesus.) More...
classical city on the Aegean or Mediterranean,
a must-see; go by plane for
the day, or overnight, or take
Self-Drive Tour from
Istanbul via Gallipoli, Troy, Bergama
(Pergamum), Ephesus and Kuşadası.
possible to see the cave churches in
this picturesque "moonscape" region
in an overnight trip by plane, but
two nights is better, and three nights
is optimal. See Turkey
in 6 Days. More...
The most comfortable and efficient way to tour Turkey is with a private driver-guide. This used to be quite expensive, but now there are moderately-priced tours that show you six or more top Turkish sights in as little as 4 days. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan