8 days in Cappadocia & Istanbul Itinerary

8 days in Cappadocia & Istanbul Itinerary

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8 days in Cappadocia & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Muscat
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Goreme
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Muscat

3
nights
Goreme

Goreme ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fairy Chimneys and Uchisar Castle. Step out of the city life by going to Off-Road Tours and Goreme National Park. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the galleries of Naile Art Gallery, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Goreme road trip app .

Muscat, Oman to Goreme is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Muscat to Goreme, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Goreme is cooler than Muscat - with highs of 6°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle

4
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultanahmet District are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi. Change things up with a short trip to Ulu Cami in Bursa (about 1h 50 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Goreme to Istanbul by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 7°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ulu Cami
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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