9 days in Turkey Itinerary

9 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

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— 4 nights
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
— 2 nights



— 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bosphorus Cruise, Cooking Alaturka and Food Tours. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Istanbul travel route builder tool.

Medina, Saudi Arabia to Istanbul is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Medina in August, expect nights in Istanbul to be little chillier, around 25°C, while days are much colder, around 34°C. You'll set off for Goreme on the 13th (Tue).

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Classes
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Goreme trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in August, expect nights in Goreme to be a bit cooler, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
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— 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.
Ankara is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii), see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, and get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ankara journey maker website.

Getting from Goreme to Ankara by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Goreme in August, expect nights in Ankara to be somewhat warmer, around 28°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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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.

Cappadocia travel guide

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.