Stretching from Europe to Asia, bordering the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Black Sea, Turkey offers an enticing blend of cultures, cuisines, histories and landscapes. If you're wondering "Where should I go in Turkey for two weeks?", join us on this journey to uncover the myriad of possibilities that this country offers, from the big city thrills in Istanbul to the stunning natural beauty of Cappadocia.
Start your two-week Turkish odyssey in Istanbul.
Rich with history, Istanbul is a treasure trove of Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman architecture. The iconic Hagia Sophia, once a church, then a mosque, and now a museum, is a must-see attraction. Not far, located in the heart of the city is The Blue Mosque, Sultan Ahmed, recognized around the world for its six unique minarets. The equally enchanting Topkapi Palace grants an insight into the opulent lifestyle of Sultans. Don't miss out on the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world.
Istanbul is also famed for its culinary scene. Delight your taste buds with a traditional Meze platter, a selection of small dishes servred as an appetizer, or a piping hot Turkish tea at a local Çayhane (tea house).
From the hustle and bustle of Istanbul, venture next to the heartland of Anatolian Turkey: Cappadocia.
Cappadocia is known globally for its unique fairy chimneys, spires of rock that have been shaped by years of natural weathering. Explore the underground cities, such as Kaymakli and Derinkuyu, and marvel at the stunning frescoes in Goreme Open-Air Museum. A hot air balloon ride during sunrise is also a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Toast up with local wines, grown in the vineyards of Cappadocia, and served in family-run Meyhanes.
Next, take a journey back in time to the classical city of Ephesus, one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the Mediterranean.
Ephesus houses the ruins of the sacred Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the ancient Greek Celsus Library, and the Great Theatre. After exploring the city, take a detour to the nearby coastal town of Kusadasi for a refreshing dip in the Aegean Sea.
As the second week of your trip begins, head to the southwestern coast, otherwise known as the Turquoise Coast for its clear blue waters.
The gateway to the Turquoise Coast, Antalya, offers a mix of great beaches, rich history in its old town, Kaleiçi, and enticing local dishes. Take a boat trip around the coast and marvel at the dazzling water, cliffs, and hidden caves.
Next, visit Fethiye and explore its iconic attractions like the Butterfly Valley, Lycian Rock Tombs or take a traditional wooden gulet boat trip to Oludeniz, also known as ‘Blue Lagoon’. Shop for Turkish delight, spices, and handwoven rugs at the Fethiye Tuesday Market.
Lastly, unwind in the whitewashed town of Bodrum. Discover the Castle of St. Peter, an impressive fortress, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, another of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
This packed two-week itinerary barely scratches the surface of what Turkey offers. Every corner of the country is steeped in history and culture, and the Turkish people's famous hospitality adds to the experience. Your Turkish adventure can be as laid back or as active as you decide - discover the rhythm of this fascinating land for yourself.
From the gastronomy to the stunning landscapes, from the ancient ruins to the bustling bazaars, every experience in Turkey is bound to be both alluring and stimulating. Start planning your two-week journey today and get ready to bask in the kaleidoscope of experiences that Turkey has in its hold.