15 days in Cappadocia, Trabzon & Istanbul Itinerary

15 days in Cappadocia, Trabzon & Istanbul Itinerary

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Urgup, Cappadocia
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Trabzon
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Istanbul
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Urgup, Cappadocia

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.
Urgup is known for nature, historic sites, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), make a trip to Zemi Valley, and admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Urgup road trip planner.

Muscat, Oman to Urgup is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Muscat to Urgup is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Muscat in March; daily highs in Urgup reach 16°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Trabzon

Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Explore Trabzon's surroundings by going to Rize (Ataturk House & Ethnography Museum & Hemsin Organik Vadisi). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gulbahar Hatun Cami, get engrossed in the history at Trabzon Tarihi Muzesi, and contemplate the long history of Gulbahar Hatun Turbesi.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Trabzon trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Urgup to Trabzon in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Urgup in March since evenings lows in Trabzon dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Trabzon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Istanbul

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul vacation maker tool.

Getting from Trabzon to Istanbul by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.