12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Goreme, Cappadocia
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Istanbul
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 4 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 duringĀ Roman times.
Goreme is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, and get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Goreme road trip planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Goreme is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -2.5 hour difference. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in February, expect Goreme to be much colder, temps between 12°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Istanbul

— 7 nights

Queen of Cities

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 historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, browse the exhibits of Galata Tower, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul online vacation builder.

Getting from Goreme to Istanbul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in February, plan for warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

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Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.