12 days in Istanbul, Cappadocia & Trabzon Itinerary

12 days in Istanbul, Cappadocia & Trabzon Itinerary

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12 days in Istanbul, Cappadocia & Trabzon Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
2
Urgup, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Trabzon
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Karachi

5
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
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.
You'll explore and learn at Topkapi Palace and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). You'll get in some beach time at Dalia Beach and Aqua Beach. Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring nature at Bentler Tabiat Parki. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary maker site .

Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Pakistan Time (PKT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Karachi in July; daily highs in Istanbul reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
nights
Urgup, Cappadocia

Urgup ©
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): look for gifts at Alaturca Taner, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, then soar above the sights with Royal Balloon, and finally contemplate the long history of Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Urgup route builder site .

Getting from Istanbul to Urgup by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Istanbul in July since evenings lows in Urgup dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Urgup

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Goreme, Alaturca Taner
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sumela Monastery and Yeni Cuma Camii. Get in touch with nature at Surmene Camburnu Tabiat Parki and Çal Mağarası. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, take some stellar pictures from Boztepe, and steep yourself in history at Atatürk Köşkü.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Trabzon trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Urgup to Trabzon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Urgup in July: highs in Trabzon hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Trabzon

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Culture Museum
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Çal Mağarası ©
Çal Mağarası
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum
Soumela Monastery ©
Soumela Monastery

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