8 days in Istanbul & Goreme Itinerary

8 days in Istanbul & Goreme Itinerary

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8 days in Istanbul & Goreme Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Istanbul

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.
Eminonu Square and Green Tomb are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pierre Loti Tepesi and Jennifer's Hamam. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Seyh Mustafa Devati Turbesi, pause for some serene contemplation at Surp Krikor Lusavoric Kilisesi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Caferaga Medresesi, and enjoy breathtaking views from KIz Kulesi.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul online tour planner .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airports are Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Green Tomb
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Sehzade Mehmet Mosque ©
Sehzade Mehmet Mosque
Green Tomb ©
Green Tomb
Pierre Loti Tepesi ©
Pierre Loti Tepesi

3
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.
On the 28th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Özkonak Underground City, explore the world behind art at Guray Museum, then make a trip to Karanlik Kilise, then learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, and finally look for gifts at Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Temenni Tepesi - Wish Hill, then explore the ancient world of Mazi Yeralti Sehri, then examine the collection at Cappadocia Art & History Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Turasan Sarapcilik.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Goreme online travel 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 May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Goreme. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Urgup, Özkonak Underground City, Kocabag Winery, Soganli Valley, Guray Museum
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Özkonak Underground City ©
Özkonak Underground City
Mazi Yeralti Sehri ©
Mazi Yeralti Sehri
Soganli Valley ©
Soganli Valley

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