22 days in Istanbul, Goreme & Eastern Europe Itinerary

22 days in Istanbul, Goreme & Eastern Europe Itinerary

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22 days in Istanbul, Goreme & Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
ferry:  3​h 45​min
4
Hvar, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
9
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil


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3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and finally make a trip to Hippodrome (At Meydani). On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, then admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and finally wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip maker app .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Istanbul is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Istanbul. When traveling from Sao Paulo in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), then take an in-depth tour of Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip planner .

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in September, you will find days in Goreme are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are slightly colder (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

1
night
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, wander the streets of Old Town, then wander the streets of Cavtat Old Town, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Walls of Dubrovnik. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Goreme to Dubrovnik in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Goreme to Dubrovnik. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Goreme in September: highs in Dubrovnik hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town

1
night
Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): head off the coast to Pakleni Otoci, get great views at Spanjola, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Monastery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hvar tour builder .

Traveling by ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Hvar can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

1
night
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace, take an in-depth tour of Etnografski muzej Split, then steep yourself in history at Old Split, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Split planner .

You can drive from Hvar to Split in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
Highlights from your plan
Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Old Split ©
Old Split

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, don't miss a visit to Ungelt Square, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrala Svateho Vita, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then wander the streets of Lesser Town.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Prague trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Fly from Split to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Split in September, expect Prague to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Prague

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

1
night
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
On the 27th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Peterhof Grand Palace, stroll through Peterhof State Museum Preserve, then explore the galleries of Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost), then get engrossed in the history at Kazan Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Russian Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the St. Petersburg trip planner .

Fly from Prague to St. Petersburg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Prague to St. Petersburg. Traveling from Prague in September, you will find days in St. Petersburg are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

1
night
Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn ©
A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, make a trip to Toompea Hill, take in panoramic vistas at St. Olaf’s Church, then don't miss a visit to Tallinna Raekoja Plats, and finally take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tallinn road trip planning site .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Tallinn by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Tallinn. In September in Tallinn, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

1
night
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
On the 30th (Wed), take a stroll through Stare Miasto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Krakow trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Krakow takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tallinn to Krakow is minus 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

5
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and make a trip to Hősök tere.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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