11 days in Istanbul, Cappadocia & Antalya Itinerary

11 days in Istanbul, Cappadocia & Antalya Itinerary

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11 days in Istanbul, Cappadocia & Antalya Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Drive:  10​h
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
bus:  8​h
3
Antalya
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 15​min
4
Istanbul
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h
End: Mumbai

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally contemplate the long history of Little Hagia Sophia. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami and then explore the activities along Halic.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul tour itinerary website .

Mumbai, India to Istanbul is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Mumbai to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mumbai in December, things will get cooler in Istanbul: highs are around 7°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

2
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Let the collections at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme and Guray Museum capture your imagination. Do your shopping at Naile Art Gallery- Cappadocia Ebru Art Center and Sultan Carpet. When in Goreme, make a side trip to see Hacıbektaş Veli Müzesi in Nevsehir, approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, enjoy unforgettable views with Royal Balloon, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for little chillier nights in Goreme, with lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hacıbektaş Veli Müzesi, Guray Museum, Kocabag Winery
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Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Off-Road & ATV Trails

3
nights
Antalya

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery and Balon Park. Explore hidden gems such as Cirali Beach and Ataturk House & Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Olympos Ruins in Olympos (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Termessos Ruins and admire the sheer force of Duden Waterfalls.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Antalya online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Antalya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in December, expect Antalya to be a bit warmer, temps between 19°C and 7°C. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cirali Beach, Olympos Ruins
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Cirali Beach ©
Cirali Beach
Olympos Ruins ©
Olympos Ruins
Termessos Ruins ©
Termessos Ruins

1
night
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
On the 28th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), then admire the landmark architecture of Eyüp Sultan Mosque, then contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, and finally see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner .

You can fly from Antalya to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Antalya in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) ©
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
Rahmi M. Koc Museum ©
Rahmi M. Koc Museum
Galata Tower ©
Galata Tower

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