8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Ankara
— 1 day
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, see the interesting displays at Erimtan Arkeoloji ve Sanat Muzesi, and then get engrossed in the history at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi.

Before you visit Ankara, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Erbil, Iraq to Ankara is an approximately 6-hour flight. While traveling from Erbil, expect colder days and about the same nights in Ankara, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then stroll through Uchisar Castle. On your second day here, see Off-Road Tours, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, then browse the exhibits of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and finally stop by Arts & Crafts Cappadocia.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Goreme trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Ankara to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Ankara in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Goreme, with lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · 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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia, take a stroll through Ortakoy, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Istanbul road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Goreme in December, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) 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.