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Goreme, Cappadocia
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— 2 nights
— 4 nights


Goreme, Cappadocia — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of TokalI Church. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme road trip website.

Istanbul to Goreme is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Istanbul in January: highs in Goreme hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Ankara.
Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Nature
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Ankara — 2 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at 1. TBMM Kurtulus Savasi Muzesi, see the interesting displays at Altindag Belediyesi Sair ve Yazarlar Evi, then steep yourself in history at Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tacettin Sultan Cami, and finally make a trip to Musa aga camii. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): examine the collection at Natural History Museum, take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, and then look for gifts at Pia Stop-coffee.shoes.accessories.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ankara trip planner.

You can take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Goreme in January, plan for little chillier days in Ankara, with highs around 1°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Istanbul.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Istanbul — 4 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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern | Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip maker website.

Getting from Ankara to Istanbul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, Istanbul is a bit warmer than Ankara - with highs of 10°C and lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Turkey travel guide

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.