14 days in Istanbul, Cappadocia & Marmaris Itinerary

14 days in Istanbul, Cappadocia & Marmaris Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 4 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Marmaris
— 4 nights
Drive to Dalaman International Airport, Fly to George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport

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Istanbul

— 4 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 striking features of Hagia Sophia, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul travel route planner.

Houston, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Houston in May: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 71°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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 museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, explore the striking landscape at Zemi Valley, and get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum.

For ratings and more tourist information, read our Goreme online road trip planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in May, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Marmaris.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Marmaris

— 4 nights
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
Marmaris is known for nature, theme parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront activity at Marmaris Marina, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take an exotic tour of Marmaris Travel Center, and step into the grandiose world of Marmaris Museum.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Marmaris day trip site.

Getting from Goreme to Marmaris by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Marmaris, with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Cappadocia travel guide

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History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
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.