10 days in Turkey & Cyprus Itinerary

10 days in Turkey & Cyprus Itinerary

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Paphos, Cyprus
— 1 night
Ayia Napa, Cyprus
— 2 nights
Gaziantep, Turkey
— 1 night
Urgup, Turkey
— 2 nights
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights


Paphos, Cyprus

— 1 night
The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Aphrodite's Rock and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Aphrodite's Rock Brewing Company. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Paphos Harbour Castle, delve into the distant past at Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then delve into the distant past at Tombs of the Kings, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Bay.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paphos online trip itinerary maker.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Paphos is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in August: high temperatures in Paphos hover around 37°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ayia Napa.

Things to do in Paphos

Outdoors · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

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Ayia Napa, Cyprus

— 2 nights
Though Ayia Napa boasts archaeological sites and the largest water park in Europe, the city is best known as a party hub.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lagoon, stroll through Konnos Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fig Tree Bay, and finally get great views at Cape Greco National Forest Park. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Nissi Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ayia Napa travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Paphos to Ayia Napa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Ayia Napa sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Gaziantep.

Things to do in Ayia Napa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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Gaziantep, Turkey

— 1 night
A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Elmaci Pazari, then stroll around Dulukbaba Tabiat Parki, and then explore the world behind art at Zeugma Mosaic Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gaziantep tour itinerary planning website.

Getting from Ayia Napa to Gaziantep by car takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ayia Napa to Gaziantep. When traveling from Ayia Napa in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Gaziantep, with highs around 43°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Urgup.

Things to do in Gaziantep

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Urgup, Turkey

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stop by Antikite Ottoman, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally explore the striking landscape at Pasabag. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, then explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Urgup trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gaziantep to Urgup takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Gaziantep in August, with highs in Urgup at 38°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Urgup

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, explore the galleries of Galata Tower, admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, and steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Urgup to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Urgup in August, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas
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Cyprus travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Churches
From sandy beaches to stone castles, and from bustling nightclubs to romantic tavernas, Cyprus is the perfect destination for those who seek a complete Mediterranean experience. Many civilizations have left their mark on the island's long and vibrant history, and consequently its customs, cuisine, and architecture. Beyond the divide between the predominantly Greek south and Turkish north, throughout the island you'll recognize Venetian, Genoese, British, and Middle Eastern influences. Of course, the main attraction that draws tourists from all over the world is the sunny coast, dotted with historical cities and fully equipped beaches. There is also a selection of peaceful villages, both inland and by the sea, where those looking for a more secluded holiday can retreat. A visit to the country's capital Nicosia, with its vibrant art and culture scene and numerous sightseeing opportunities, is definitely worth adding to your itinerary wherever you're staying.

Turkey travel guide

Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Cappadocia travel guide

History Museums · Geologic Formations · National Parks
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.