Day Trips from Istanbul to around Turkey!
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Hi everyone! Turkey is a huge country filled with cultural and historical sites. In this post, we will explain the destinations around Istanbul and Day Trips from Istanbul where you may consider visiting during your potential Turkey Tour!


Gallipoli is about 270 km from Istanbul. It is especially a very meaningful destination for Australians and New Zealanders. However, it catches the attention of every traveler from around the world, today! It is the place where World War I held. And, keep many memorials.

Generally, travelers pick Gallipoli 2 Day Tours from Istanbul and combine their time with visiting Troy Ancient City. Tours to Gallipoli and Troy in 2 Days might be a nice option if you have an extra 2 days in Turkey.


Bursa was the capital of the Ottoman Empire and today located about 150 km away from Istanbul. There are very nice examples of the mosques from the earlier Islam seen in Anatolia. So, if you are interested in visiting more religious places, we do recommend picking one of the day tours from Istanbul to Bursa City.

Cumalikizik Village


Troy Ancient City is about 435 km away from Istanbul. It is open between 08:30 to 19:00, 1 April to 1 October. And, it is open between 08:30 to 17:30, 2 October to 1 April.

The entrance fee is 50 Lira per person. It is one of the most popular ancient cities where you may see 9 different layers settled one to another. Do not forget to take a photo in front of the famous Trojan Horse, located at the entrance of Troy Ancient City. Also, read our post about Troy Ancient City; Troy and Trojan War!

trojan horse


Pergamum or Pergamon is about 385 km from Istanbul. Pergamum – Acropolis Ancient City is open between 08:00 to 19:00, 1 April to 1 October. And, it is open between 08:30 to 17:30, 2 October to 1 April. The entrance fee is 50 Lira per person by 2020.

Generally, travelers combine it with some other destinations. This means they do not visit only Pergamum during their Travel. We do also recommend visiting Asclepios Ancient City located next to the Acropolis. Asclepios is the person considered as the father of modern medicine and who has given a name to this city.

Note: It is not possible to find day trips from Istanbul to Pergamum (in a group) as there is not much demand to visit only this destination. However, it is possible to arrange a Private Tour in case you have an interest. 

Pergamum Turkey


Ephesus Ancient City was one of the 4 capitals of the Roman Empire once upon a time. And, it is the largest open-air museum, besides one of the most well-preserved ancient ruins of Turkey. Even if you are not a history or culture lover, we highly recommend you to visit Ephesus Ruins since it gives great vision and perspective to its visitors about ancient Greek and Roman time.

There is “Day Trip to Ephesus from Istanbul”, here you may check the details: Ephesus Day Trip. These day trips from Istanbul include; domestic flights, airport transfers, guided tours, entrance fees, and all you might need during your Trip!

Once you arrived at Ephesus, it is not the only important place that you might visit! There are some other very important destinations near Ephesus; House Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John, and Temple of Artemis. You may visit those all places only on a day trip. However, we highly recommend having 2 Days Tour if you have enough time.

Ephesus Turkey


Pamukkale is about 550 km away from Istanbul. And, the best option to reach Pamukkale is to take a flight. Pamukkale is open visiting between 06:30 to 19:00, all year round. The entrance fee is 80 Lira per person by 2020.

Pamukkale is the second most famous place in the Aegean Region after the Ephesus. It is a very unique place where you are able to see a formation of calcium carbonate mixed to lime-stone. And, terraces filled with natural hot spring water.

It is located only 200 km away from Ephesus Ruins. And, there are Day Tours with all year round guaranteed departures. Most of the travelers, combine those two destinations: Ancient City of Ephesus and Pamukkale Hot Springs. And, they do pick 2 Days Ephesus and Pamukkale Tour from Istanbul.

So, on the first day; they fly and visit Ephesus Ancient City, stay overnight in Kusadasi Town. And, the second day; they do visit Pamukkale Springs. In the end, they return to Istanbul. Read our post about Pamukkale!

Pamukkale Turkey


These places more preferred by travelers who seek the sea, sand, and sun! There are several local travel agencies that operate 4 Days and 3 Nights blue cruise tours within Antalya City and Fethiye Town.

So, if you like to stay away from crowds and relax for a couple of days, this might be the best place for you. You can enjoy sailing on the turquoise blue Mediterranean coast while having overnight stays in the gulet.

Antalya is about 700 km away from Istanbul and Fethiye is about 800 km away from Istanbul. The best way to reach these destinations is by taking a flight. However, most of the travelers first take their tours to Ephesus and Pamukkale and then connect their schedules to Fethiye and Antalya.

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Cappadocia is the most famous and popular tourism center in Turkey! It is about 750 km away from Istanbul. You can reach Cappadocia by flight, train, or bus. However, the most preferred is taking a flight.

If you would like to see more detailed information, you can read our posts which we have provided a perfect guidebook for your potential Cappadocia Tours: All about Cappadocia and How to reach Cappadocia from Istanbul!

For those who do not have much time, it is possible to have a one-day trip from Istanbul to Cappadocia. However, 2 Days Tour to Cappadocia is the most preferred tour package among travelers.

Note: You should not miss the Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Flight activity if you are going to visit Cappadocia. To have more information about Cappadocia Hot Air Balloons, you may click here and read our post!

Cappadocia Turkey

We hope that you will find this post helpful if you ever have any questions which you could not find an answer on our posts, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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