8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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8 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  14​h
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Bangkok

4
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves asĀ a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip maker tool .

Bangkok, Thailand to Istanbul is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Bangkok to Istanbul. Traveling from Bangkok in December, things will get cooler in Istanbul: highs are around 7°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

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 duringĀ Roman times.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Naile Art Gallery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours, look for gifts at Arts & Crafts Cappadocia, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Goreme, with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

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