7 days in Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

7 days in Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 3 nights
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Urgup, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Drive to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Fly to Islamabad International Airport

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Istanbul

— 3 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, examine the collection at Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Istanbul road trip planning tool.

Islamabad, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 9-hour flight. Traveling from Islamabad to Istanbul, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Islamabad in February: highs in Istanbul hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Urgup, Cappadocia

— 3 nights
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): trot along with a tour on horseback, then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally stop by Arts & Crafts Cappadocia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then Head underground at Uchisar Castle.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Urgup trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Urgup by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect colder evenings in Urgup when traveling from Istanbul in February, with lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

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.