8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey holiday planner

Make it your trip
— 2 nights
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Drive to Süleyman Demirel International Airport, Fly to Trabzon International Airport, Drive to Rize
— 1 night
Drive to Trabzon International Airport, Fly to New Delhi



— 2 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rahmi M. Koc Museum and Rustem Pasha Mosque. Do some cultural sightseeing at Historic Areas of Istanbul Walls and Museum of Innocence. There's much more to do: stop by Tree of Life Ceramics & Gift Shop, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nuruosmaniye Camii, examine the collection at Pera Museum, and admire the striking features of Serefiye Sarnici.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary builder app.

New Delhi, India to Istanbul is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Turkey Time (TRT) is minus 2.5 hours. Traveling from New Delhi in September, expect nights in Istanbul to be a bit cooler, around 26°C, while days are much colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): appreciate the views at Soganli Valley, take in the dramatic natural features at Zemi Valley, and then stop by Kervan Carpet & Kilim. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag, and then browse the exhibits of Zelve Open Air Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme tour itinerary website.

Fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in September: highs in Goreme hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to fly to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips


— 1 night

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Pamukkale vacation planner.

Getting from Goreme to Pamukkale by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Rize.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip


— 1 night
Rize is the capital city of Rize Province in the eastern part of the Black Sea Region of Turkey.NameThe name comes from Greek (riza) or Ριζαίον (Rizaion), meaning "mountain slopes". Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the activities along Firtina Deresi.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rize day trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pamukkale to Rize. September in Rize sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rize

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Turkey travel guide

Ruins · Architectural Buildings · 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.