Since Turkey vacation has been like a hot cake selling fast among Muslim families, I was wondering why did I miss writing about our planned itinerary with my readers. So here’s a roadmap with a suggested itinerary, that is flexible and has provision for relaxing in between the “on the go” tour days. I’m sure it will help you mamas and papas with planning your family vacation in Turkey for this summer.

The average expected expense in summers should be around $900/person for 10 days, which includes food, accommodation, shopping, inter-city traveling and fun activities.

Day 1 Istanbul

Morning: Get your vacation shoes on and start your tour with Haghia Sophia.

  • It’s better to take a guided tour if you have interest in history, architecture, and art. We found a guide for 100TL just outside Haghia Sophia long ticket line which we skipped because of him.
  • Haghia Sophia entry ticket – 50TL
  • Istanbul all museums pass – 125TL (valid for 5 days)

Afternoon: Near noon, walk up to the top rated gem of Istanbul i.e. the Blue Mosque, offer Zuhr prayers and have lunch at any nearby cafe.

  • Average meal cost 50TL/person in casual dining restaurants

Evening: Basilica Cistern and dinner near Arasta Bazar street

  • (Don’t google about Basilica Cistern if you’re not aware of what it actually is. Trust me you’ll be amazed to see what’s inside)

Day 2 Istanbul

spice bazar turkey
spice bazar turkey

Morning:  Topkapi Palace tour

  • Ticket: 40TL (additional 25 TL for harem entry)

Afternoon: Grand/Spice bazar

Evening: Bosphorus cruise

  • Prices vary from 600TL to 2500TL depending upon time, dinner option and other selections

Day 3 Capadoccia

Morning: Fly early from Istanbul to Kayseri (flights starting from $80)

Noon: Goreme open air museum

  • Ticket price 30TL
  • Our hotel concierge arranged us a tour guide with a van for 500TL for the whole day from Pupa Tourism.

Afternoon: Enjoy your cool cave hotel in the scorching heat

Evening: Horse riding and camel rock. Sleep early for early morning balloon ride

Two nights amidst “Fairy Chimneys” (Capadoccia- Turkey)

Day 4 Capadoccia

Morning: Hot air balloon tour before sunrise

  • 1-hour tour from 60-140 Euros/person depending on how many numbers of persons you want in the balloon

Afternoon: Derinkuyu/Kaymakli underground city and pottery museum tour

  • Underground cities ticket Derinkuyu (25TL) Kaymakli (30TL)

Evening: Turkish night cultural show at Avanos

  • Show with dinner price approximately $ 30/person

Day5 Konya

Morning: Leave for Konya

Afternoon: Mevlana Rumi mosque and museum

  • Reasonable decent hotels will cost about $70-80/night for a family room. We chose Dergah Hotel which was at walking distance from Mevlana’s dergah

Evening: Whirling dervish show

Day 6 Antalya

Morning: Leave for Antalya early

Afternoon: Old city tour, Hadrian’s Gate, clock tower and souvenir shopping

Evening: Sandland (ticket 24TL/adult, 10/child)

Day 7 Antalya

Morning: Antalya museum

  • Entry 20TL

Afternoon: Land of Legends Theme Park

  • Ticket approx $50/person

Day 8 Oludeniz

Morning: Leave for Oludeniz (3hrs drive – Bus and taxi cost estimate approx $15/person)

Afternoon: Paragliding (approx. cost 350-400TL)

  • Any decent resort would cost about $150. We chose Han Deluxe Hotel.

Evening: Enjoy at the beach

Day 9 Pamukkale

Morning: Leave for Pamukkale

Afternoon: Ruins of Pamukkale (Hierapolis) Ticket Price: 35TL

Evening: Cleopatra pools (entry ticket 30TL)

Day 10 Istanbul

Morning: Fly back to Istanbul early morning (flights from $30)

Afternoon: Ayub Ansari mosque and Prince’s island tour/ Vialand Waterpark (ticket adults-110TL, kids-100TL)

Evening: Pack up for home 🙂