27 days in Istanbul, Goreme & Antalya Itinerary

27 days in Istanbul, Goreme & Antalya Itinerary

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Istanbul
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Goreme, Cappadocia
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Antalya
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Istanbul

— 13 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.
Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmed Mosque will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Altinkemer Local Beach and Delmece Yaylasi. Venture out of the city with trips to Asaf Family Beach (in Adalar), Heybeliada (Halki Theological School & Alman Koyu) and Bursa (Koza Hani & Ulu Cami). Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring nature at Sakarya Il Ormani Tabiat Parki. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pierre Loti Tepesi, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul itinerary builder website.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March, expect Istanbul to be colder, temps between 14°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 5 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) and Zelve Open Air Museum. Appreciate the collections at Guray Museum and Goreme Open-Air Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Goreme side-trips: Urgup (Sobesos Ancient City & Mazi Yeralti Sehri), Derinkuyu (St.Theodore Church & Uzumlu Kilise) and Nevsehir (Kaymakli, Hacibektas, &more). There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, explore the striking landscape at Love Valley, soar above the sights with Royal Balloon, and admire the verdant scenery at Soganli Valley.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Goreme, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Antalya

— 5 nights
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Get some historical perspective at Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum) and Göynük Köyü Mer. Cami. Ataturk House & Museum and Olympos Ruins are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Devlet Agorasi (in Side), Seleukia (Lybre) (in Manavgat) and Adventure Forest (in Beldibi). Next up on the itinerary: tee off at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take a stroll through Ataturk Boulevard, and look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Antalya day trip planning site.

You can fly from Goreme to Antalya in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Goreme in March, things will get a bit warmer in Antalya: highs are around 21°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Golf

Side Trips