5 days in Cappadocia & Istanbul Itinerary

5 days in Cappadocia & Istanbul Itinerary

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5 days in Cappadocia & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  28​h
1
Goreme
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Playa del Carmen

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Mon), stop by Turquoise Rugs & Bags, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and finally browse the exhibits of Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme trip maker app .

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Goreme is an approximately 28-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Playa del Carmen to Goreme due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Playa del Carmen in January, with highs in Goreme at 5°C and lows at -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme

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 14th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and finally don't miss a visit to Hippodrome (At Meydani).

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Goreme in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 10°C at night. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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