16 days in Istanbul, Izmir & Cappadocia Itinerary

16 days in Istanbul, Izmir & Cappadocia Itinerary

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16 days in Istanbul, Izmir & Cappadocia Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  14 h
1
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Izmir
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Goreme
— 5 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Singapore

5
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Koza Hani and Jennifer's Hamam. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi and Yeni Camii. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Istanbul: Bursa (Emir Sultan Camii, Green Tomb, & more) and Buyukada (Adalar Müzesi / Museum of the Princes' Islands & Aya Yorgi Church). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eyup Sultan Mosque, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, appreciate the history behind Sultanahmet Square, and steep yourself in history at Little Hagia Sophia.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online route builder .

Singapore, Singapore to Istanbul is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Istanbul is minus 5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Singapore in September: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 26°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Bursa, Buyukada
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Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi ©
Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi
Ulu Cami ©
Ulu Cami
Koza Hani ©
Koza Hani

5
nights
Izmir

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Family-friendly places like Izmir Wild Life Park and Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA will thrill your kids. Visit Bibliotheque de Celsus and Temple of Apollo for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Izmir: Bergama (The Acropolis & The Asklepion), Selcuk (Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Cittantica Ephesus Park, & more) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Kusadasi). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), learn about all things military at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu, and stop by Has Deri Leather Shop.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Izmir trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Izmir takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Izmir, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Selcuk, Bergama, Scuba & Snorkeling, Temple of Apollo
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Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) and Goreme Acik Hava Muzesi. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fairy Chimneys and Uchisar Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri (in Derinkuyu) and Ihlara Valley (in Guzelyurt). There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, take in the dramatic natural features at Love Valley, and don't miss a visit to Zemi Valley.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Goreme attractions planner .

You can fly from Izmir to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Izmir, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Urgup, Derinkuyu, Uchisar Castle, Ihlara Valley
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Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri

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