11 days in Istanbul, Cappadocia & Pamukkale Itinerary

11 days in Istanbul, Cappadocia & Pamukkale Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 1 day
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Bus to Denizli, Taxi to Pamukkale
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Taxi to Denizli, Bus to Istanbul
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Istanbul
— 2 nights
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Istanbul

— 1 day

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.
On the 26th (Sun), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi and then stop by Cashmere Istanbul.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Istanbul route tool.

New Delhi, India to Istanbul is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Istanbul is minus 2.5 hours. When traveling from New Delhi in December, plan for much colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 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.
Goreme is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), step into the grandiose world of Uchisar Castle, and look for gifts at Antikite Ottoman.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Goreme travel app.

Fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Goreme, with lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can fly to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Pamukkale

— 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Pamukkale is known for nature, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, push the limits with an extreme tour, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and admire the striking features of Akhan Kervansaray.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale day trip planning website.

Getting from Goreme to Pamukkale by combination of bus and taxi takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Istanbul

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

See even more of Istanbul: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary builder website.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Baths
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

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.