18 days in Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

18 days in Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

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18 days in Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

Start: Casablanca
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 8 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Urgup
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Guzelyurt
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Casablanca

8
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.
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Topkapi Palace and Sultanahmet District. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and explore the striking landscape of Bentler Tabiat Parki.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul tour itinerary maker website .

Casablanca, Morocco to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Casablanca to Istanbul. Traveling from Casablanca in October, Istanbul is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

4
nights
Urgup

Urgup ©
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Goreme National Park and Cappadocia Cave Dwellings are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki and Off-Road & ATV Trails. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Damsa Baraji, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and do a tasting at Turasan Sarapcilik.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Urgup trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Urgup takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in October, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Urgup: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Goreme
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki ©
Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki

2
nights
Guzelyurt

Guzelyurt ©
Get outdoors at Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri and Ihlara Valley. Popular historic sites such as Guzelyurt Valley Monastery and Uzumlu Kilise are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to St.Theodore Church (in Derinkuyu) and Kayaardi Baglari (in Nigde).

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Guzelyurt online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Urgup to Guzelyurt takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Derinkuyu, Kayaardi Baglari
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Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Selime Monastery ©
Selime Monastery
Ihlara Valley ©
Ihlara Valley

3
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
KIz Kulesi and Eyüp Sultan Mosque will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Life Beach and Dalia Beach. See some other sides of Istanbul: take a stroll through Taksim Square, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and steep yourself in history at Little Hagia Sophia.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Guzelyurt to Istanbul with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Taksim Square ©
Taksim Square
Istanbul Modern ©
Istanbul Modern
Little Hagia Sophia ©
Little Hagia Sophia

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