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 striking features of Hagia Sophia, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read Istanbul tour itinerary planner.

Islamabad, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Islamabad to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Islamabad in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the galleries of Goreme Open-Air Museum, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then Head underground at Uchisar Castle. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally stop by Turquoise Rugs & Bags.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Urgup online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Istanbul to Urgup in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Nature

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.