15 days in Rize, Cappadocia & Istanbul Itinerary

15 days in Rize, Cappadocia & Istanbul Itinerary

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Fly to Trabzon International Airport, Drive to Rize
— 4 nights
Drive to Trabzon International Airport, Fly to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Drive to Urgup
Urgup, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
Guzelyurt, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Drive to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Fly to Istanbul Airport
— 2 nights



— 4 nights
Rize is the capital city of Rize Province in the eastern part of the Black Sea Region of Turkey.NameThe name comes from Greek (riza) or Ριζαίον (Rizaion), meaning "mountain slopes". Get out of town with these interesting Rize side-trips: Lazika Cay (in Ardesen) and Camlihemsin (Zilkale & Palovit Selalesi). Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring nature at Kackar Daglari Milli Parki. The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Hemsin Organik Vadisi, delve into the distant past at Rize Kalesi, explore the activities along Firtina Deresi, and examine the collection at Ataturk House & Ethnography Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rize road trip app.

Lahore, Pakistan to Rize is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lahore to Rize. Traveling from Lahore in April, expect Rize to be cooler, temps between 18°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Rize

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Urgup, Cappadocia

— 4 nights
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 museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, Head underground at Uchisar Castle, contemplate the long history of Goreme National Park, and see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Urgup trip itinerary planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rize to Urgup. While traveling from Rize, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Urgup, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Urgup

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Guzelyurt, Cappadocia

— 3 nights
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Selime Monastery and then explore the fascinating underground world of Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Uzumlu Kilise, admire the verdant scenery at Ihlara Valley, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koc Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Guzelyurt Valley Monastery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Guzelyurt day trip site.

Traveling by car from Urgup to Guzelyurt takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip


— 2 nights

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.
On the 15th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, then contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally steep yourself in history at Zeyrek Mosque.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul vacation maker.

Explore your travel options from Guzelyurt to Istanbul with the Route module. In April in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Cappadocia travel guide

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.