9 days in Cappadocia & Istanbul Itinerary

9 days in Cappadocia & Istanbul Itinerary

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9 days in Cappadocia & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  9​h
1
Goreme
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: London

4
nights
Goreme

Goreme ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Goreme National Park and Hacibektas. Take a break from the city and head to Off-Road Tours and Red Valley. Explore Goreme's surroundings by going to Derinkuyu (St.Theodore Church & Uzumlu Kilise) and Selime Monastery (in Guzelyurt). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), admire the verdant scenery at Peri Bacalari, admire the masterpieces at Guray Museum, and contemplate the long history of Soganli Valley.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip maker tool .

London, UK to Goreme is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London to Goreme, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Goreme, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Derinkuyu, Nevsehir, Avanos, Soganli Valley, Naile Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©
Off-Road Tours

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Halic and Buyukada Tabiat Parki. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Suleymaniye Cami . Step out of Istanbul to go to Bursa and see Ulu Cami, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, pause for some photo ops at Sultanahmet Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ulu Cami, Buyukada Tabiat Parki
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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