11 days in Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 5 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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Istanbul
— 1 night
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Valens Aqueduct, Halic and Cooking Alaturka. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary planning app.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiports are Istanbul Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 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 museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, learn and have fun at Naile Art Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and Head underground at Uchisar Castle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Goreme trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Other options are to 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 (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

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Istanbul

— 1 night

Queen of Cities

Your day by day itinerary now includes Valens Aqueduct as well as Halic. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Valens Aqueduct, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and then wander the streets of Taksim Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Halic, admire the striking features of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eyüp Sultan Mosque.

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Traveling by flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Goreme in December, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.