18 days in Istanbul & Goreme Itinerary

18 days in Istanbul & Goreme Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 10 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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Istanbul
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Istanbul

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Istanbul: Bursa (Tombs of Osman and Orhan, Ulu Cami, &more). Next up on the itinerary: soak in style at Turkish baths, look for gifts at Tuncer Gift Shop, contemplate the waterfront views at Halic, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Fener Rum Patrikhanesi.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary maker site.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Istanbul Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. December in Istanbul sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 44°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Thu) before leaving for Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Step out of Goreme with an excursion to Kaymakli Underground City in Derinkuyu--about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, stroll through Pasabag, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and browse the exhibits of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in December since evenings lows in Goreme dip to 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

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Istanbul

Queen of Cities

See even more of Istanbul: steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, take an in-depth tour of Rumeli Fortress, look for gifts at Mısır Çarşısı, and visit Ortakoy.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 44°F.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Classes
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

Cappadocia travel guide

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History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
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.