21 days in Istanbul, Izmir & Cappadocia Itinerary

21 days in Istanbul, Izmir & Cappadocia Itinerary

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Istanbul
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Istanbul

— 6 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 landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and explore the galleries of Galata Tower.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul road trip website.

Los Angeles, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Istanbul. May in Istanbul sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to fly to Izmir.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Izmir

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Change things up with these side-trips from Izmir: Selcuk (Byzantine acquaducts, Ancient City of Ephesus, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll around Izmir Wild Life Park, stop by Has Deri Leather Shop, don't miss a visit to Tarihi Asansor, and visit Kemeralti Market.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Izmir trip planning tool.

You can fly from Istanbul to Izmir in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Istanbul in May, things will get little chillier in Izmir: highs are around 61°F and lows about 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 8 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.
Explore Goreme's surroundings by going to Kaymakli (in Nevsehir), Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City) and Ihlara Valley (in Guzelyurt). There's still lots to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag, and get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme visit planning website.

Traveling by flight from Izmir to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Izmir in May, expect nights in Goreme to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · 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.