14 days in Cappadocia, Pamukkale & Istanbul Itinerary

14 days in Cappadocia, Pamukkale & Istanbul Itinerary

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Goreme, Cappadocia
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Pamukkale
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Istanbul
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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.
Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Goreme travel itinerary planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Goreme is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. When traveling from San Juan in May, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:

Pamukkale

— 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Pamukkale to Geyre to see Aphrodisias about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take a stroll through Karahayit, and stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Pamukkale, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Istanbul

— 6 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, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read Istanbul tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay May 25 — 31:

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.