10 days in Istanbul, Antalya Province & Cappadocia Itinerary

10 days in Istanbul, Antalya Province & Cappadocia Itinerary

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Istanbul
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Antalya
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Goreme, Cappadocia
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Istanbul
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Istanbul

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get a taste of local nightlife at Istanbul Popular Travel, then contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, and then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul travel itinerary planner.

Lahore, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pakistan Standard Time (PKT) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Lahore in September, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Antalya.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nightlife

Antalya

— 2 nights
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Explore Antalya's surroundings by going to Side (Ancient Theater & Temple of Apollo). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Kaleici, see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Konyaalti Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Antalya trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Antalya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Antalya, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme online tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Antalya to Goreme by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Antalya in September: high temperatures in Goreme hover around 33°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Istanbul

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

On the 13th (Mon), take in the views from Galata Koprusu, then take an in-depth tour of Istanbul Archaeological Museum, and then pause for some photo ops at Sultanahmet Square. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Miniaturk, then admire the striking features of Eyüp Sultan Mosque, then wander the streets of Istiklal Caddesi, and finally take a stroll through Taksim Square.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul journey builder website.

You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Goreme in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 26°C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Antalya Province travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Waterfalls
Once a land of ancient cities, Antalya Province lies along the Mediterranean coast and is now home to Turkey's largest international sea resort. Tour the narrow, cobbled streets and historical houses in the province's eponymous city, or pay a visit to the World Heritage Site of Xanthos. Ancient cities and ruins scattered throughout the province give it its historical character. The 657 km (408 mi) long shoreline offers plenty of space to relax along its immaculate beaches and ports. Fill your holiday itinerary with a yacht tour, game of golf, rock climbing, and bird-watching.

Cappadocia travel guide

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History Museums · Geologic Formations · National Parks
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.