8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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8 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5 h 15 min
2
Nevsehir
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 45 min
3
Sanliurfa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Mardin
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Diyarbakir
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Elazig
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Istanbul

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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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul vacation site .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Istanbul. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nevsehir.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

1
night
Nevsehir

Thousands of years of civilization are visibly present at Nevsehir, a major city in Cappaddocia famously graced with fairy chimneys, carved houses, churches, and frescoes.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): Head underground at Uchisar Castle and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nevsehir road trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Istanbul to Nevsehir. Traveling from Istanbul in September, you will find days in Nevsehir are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are little chillier (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Sanliurfa.

Things to do in Nevsehir

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Balloon Rides, Uchisar Castle
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle

1
night
Sanliurfa

Sanliurfa ©
Şanlıurfa, often simply known as Urfa or Al-Ruha, in ancient times Edessa, is a city with 561,465 inhabitants in south-eastern Turkey, and the capital of Şanlıurfa Province. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Balikligol, take in the spiritual surroundings of Halil Ul Rahman Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rizvaniye Mosque, then delve into the distant past at Potbelly Hill, and finally explore the ancient world of Gobeklitepe.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Sanliurfa day trip app .

You can drive from Nevsehir to Sanliurfa in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mardin.

Things to do in Sanliurfa

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Balikligol ©
Balikligol
Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum ©
Halil Ul Rahman Mosque ©
Halil Ul Rahman Mosque

1
night
Mardin

Mardin ©
Mardin is a city and multiple bishopric in southeastern Turkey. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Hirmiz Chaldean Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Latifiye Mosque, delve into the distant past at Dara Mesopotamia Ruins, then pause for some serene contemplation at Deyrulzafaran Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasimiye Madrasha, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulu Cami.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mardin planner .

Drive from Sanliurfa to Mardin in 3 hours. September in Mardin sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Diyarbakir.

Things to do in Mardin

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Deyrulzafaran Monastery ©
Deyrulzafaran Monastery
Dara Mesopotamia Ruins ©
Dara Mesopotamia Ruins

1
night
Diyarbakir

Diyarbakir ©
Diyarbakır is one of the largest cities in southeastern Turkey. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Mosque of DiyarbakIr, pause for some serene contemplation at Virgin Mary Ancient Assyrian Church, then admire the striking features of Goat Tower, and finally explore the historical opulence of Zerzevan Kalesi.

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You can drive from Mardin to Diyarbakir in 1.5 hours. September in Diyarbakir sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Elazig.

Things to do in Diyarbakir

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Zerzevan Kalesi ©
Zerzevan Kalesi

1
night
Elazig

Elazig ©
Elazığ ) is a city in Eastern Anatolia, Turkey, and the administrative center of Elazığ Province. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): see human ingenuity at work at Keban Dam, take in the views from Komurhan Koprusu, then explore the historical opulence of Harput Kalesi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Harput Ulu Cami.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Elazig trip app .

Getting from Diyarbakir to Elazig by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Diyarbakir in September, Elazig is little chillier at night with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Elazig

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Keban Dam ©
Keban Dam
Harput Ulu Cami ©
Harput Ulu Cami
Harput Kalesi ©
Harput Kalesi

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