8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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Istanbul
— 5 nights
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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 22nd (Wed): head off-road at local off-road trails, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and then enjoy unforgettable views with Royal Balloon. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Damsa Baraji, then stop by Alaturca Taner, and then explore by horseback at Lucky Horse Ranch.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read our Goreme tour itinerary maker.

Tehran, Iran to Goreme is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Tehran to Goreme. Traveling from Tehran in April, things will get a bit cooler in Goreme: highs are around 22°C and lows about 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Istanbul

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia and Suleymaniye Cami are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Topkapi Palace and Galata Tower capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, take in the waterfront at Silivri Sahili, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Goreme in April, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time 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.