28 days in Istanbul, Cappadocia & Izmir Province Itinerary

28 days in Istanbul, Cappadocia & Izmir Province Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 11 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 6 nights
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Izmir
— 4 nights
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Selcuk
— 5 nights
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Istanbul

— 11 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Balat as well as Mısır Çarşısı. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary tool.

Lima, Peru to Istanbul is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Lima to Istanbul, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Lima, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. You will leave for Goreme on the 22nd (Tue).

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, and take in the dramatic natural features at Zemi Valley.

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

Fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in June since evenings lows in Goreme dip to 15°C. On the 28th (Mon), you'll travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Izmir is known for shopping, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: visit Kemeralti Market, stroll around Konak Square, make a trip to Tarihi Asansor, and take a leisurely stroll along Kordonboyu.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Izmir trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Izmir takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Goreme in June, plan for slightly colder days in Izmir, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks · Neighborhoods

Selcuk

— 5 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
You've now added Pamukkale Thermal Pools to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque, steep yourself in history at Public Latrine, and make a trip to Byzantine acquaducts.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk travel tool.

You can drive from Izmir to Selcuk in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, Selcuk is somewhat warmer than Izmir - with highs of 41°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Cappadocia travel guide

4.5
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.

Izmir Province travel guide

4.2
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
İzmir Province represents a land where undulating mountains fading into the indigo sky serve as a backdrop to lush green vineyards. Its abudance of ancient ruins and location on the Aegean coast make this Mediterranean province a prime holiday destination. The province boasts a fascinating history, having been ceded to the Greeks following World War I, only to be later reclaimed in the Turkish War of Independence. The coastal towns, ancient cities, warm climate, and superb local fish and herb cuisine are among the delights of this vacation spot.