11 days in Istanbul, Trabzon & Goreme Itinerary

11 days in Istanbul, Trabzon & Goreme Itinerary

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11 days in Istanbul, Trabzon & Goreme Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Trabzon
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Goreme
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Cairo

4
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves asĀ a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner .

Cairo, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Istanbul. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Cairo in April: highs in Istanbul hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
Trabzon

Trabzon ©
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): examine the collection at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yeni Cuma Camii, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Surmene Camburnu Tabiat Parki. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Soumela Monastery, look for all kinds of wild species at Hacka Yaylasi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fatih Camii.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Trabzon driving holiday planning website .

Getting from Istanbul to Trabzon by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In April in Trabzon, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Trabzon

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yeni Cuma Camii ©
Yeni Cuma Camii
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum
Soumela Monastery ©
Soumela Monastery

4
nights
Goreme

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 duringĀ Roman times.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, nature, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and head outdoors with Honey Valley, Goreme Turkey.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Goreme planning app .

Fly from Trabzon to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Trabzon in April, expect nights in Goreme to be a bit cooler, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Uchisar, Gore Harabeleri, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

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