11 days in Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

11 days in Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

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Istanbul
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Goreme, Cappadocia
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Istanbul

— 5 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: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip planning tool.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Kuwait City in October, you will find days in Istanbul are much colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 5 nights
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.
Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. The adventure continues: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Uchisar Castle.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Goreme trip maker tool.

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in October, you will find days in Goreme are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are colder (6°C). You will leave for home on the 13th (Wed).

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

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Cappadocia travel guide

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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.