8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 3 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
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Antalya
— 3 nights
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sultanahmet Square and Gulhane Park. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, contemplate the long history of Eyüp Sultan Mosque, and don't miss a visit to Hippodrome.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary app.

New Delhi, India to Istanbul is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -2.5 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from New Delhi in May: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): see Off-Road Tours, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme travel route planning app.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in May, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Goreme. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Antalya

— 3 nights
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Ancient Theater and then contemplate the long history of Temple of Apollo. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Ters Ev, go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, and then take a stroll through Kaleici.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Antalya visit planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Antalya in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Goreme in May, Antalya is a bit warmer at night with lows of 18°C. On the 9th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Turkey travel guide

4.4
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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.6
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.