8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Ankara
— 1 day
Bus
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Istanbul
— 5 nights
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Ankara

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, then see the interesting displays at Erimtan Arkeoloji ve Sanat Muzesi, and then get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ankara road trip site.

Erbil, Iraq to Ankara is an approximately 6-hour flight. When traveling from Erbil in December, plan for much colder days in Ankara, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums

2
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 during Roman times.
On the 4th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then explore the historical opulence of Uchisar Castle. On your second day here, get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, then explore the galleries of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and finally look for gifts at Arts & Crafts Cappadocia.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme online trip builder.

Take a bus from Ankara to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Goreme when traveling from Ankara in December, with lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

5
nights
Istanbul

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, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 7°C in Istanbul. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.