16 days in Istanbul, Bodrum City & Goreme Itinerary

16 days in Istanbul, Bodrum City & Goreme Itinerary

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Istanbul
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Bodrum City
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Goreme, Cappadocia
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Istanbul
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Istanbul

— 1 night

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 4th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Istanbul Archaeological Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Little Hagia Sophia, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Istanbul attractions site.

Doha, Qatar to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. When traveling from Doha in November, plan for colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 17°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 17°C. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Spas

Bodrum City

— 4 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Let the collections at Nur's Art Gallery and Mine Sanat Galerisi capture your imagination. For shopping fun, head to Dibekli Han Kultur ve Sanat or Cafe Olive. Explore Bodrum City's surroundings by going to Didim (Miletus & Temple of Apollo), Knidos (in Datca) and Altinkum Beach (in Altinkum). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yahsi Beach, examine the collection at Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kizilhisarli Mustafa Pasa Camii, and take in the waterfront activity at Yalikavak Marina.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bodrum City sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Bodrum City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Istanbul in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bodrum City, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 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 during Roman times.
On the 10th (Tue), see Off-Road Tours, explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, then Head underground at Uchisar Castle, and finally do a tasting at Kocabag Winery. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, see the interesting displays at Guray Museum, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take an in-depth tour of Zelve Open Air Museum, then stop by Sultans Seramik, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Goreme trip builder site.

You can fly from Bodrum City to Goreme in 7.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bodrum City in November, you will find days in Goreme are slightly colder (16°C), and nights are colder (0°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Istanbul

— 7 nights

Queen of Cities

Get in touch with nature at Bosphorus Strait and Kaymakdonduran Mesire Ormani. You'll explore and learn at Topkapi Palace and Rahmi M. Koc Museum. Step out of Istanbul with an excursion to Buyukada Tabiat Parki in Buyukada--about 2 hours away. Enjoy Istanbul some more: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, wander the streets of Taksim Square, admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip planning website.

You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much hotter in Istanbul, with lows of 17°C. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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Bodrum District travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Castles
St.-Tropez of Turkey
Elegant Bodrum is a district and port city, watched over by its 15th-century seaside castle and is home to the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Formerly a simple fishing village, the town flourished after writer Kabaağaçlı put the city on the map: exiled here in 1925, he adopted the pen name, "The Fisherman of Halicarnassus"--an allusion to the city's name in aniquity. Today this seaside vacation spot charms visitors with a glittering marina, flower-filled cafes, palm-lined promenades, and a host of seafood restaurants. The serene simplicity that caught Kabaağaçlı's eye has since attracted other artists, giving Bodrum a sophistication that sets it apart from other coastal towns.

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.