7 days in Turkey Itinerary

7 days in Turkey Itinerary

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7 days in Turkey Itinerary

Cairo
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
Istanbul

5
days
Istanbul

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.
Sultanahmet District and Basilica Cistern are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) and Istiklal Street. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, explore the galleries of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), wander the streets of Ortakoy, and steep yourself in history at Little Hagia Sophia.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Istanbul custom trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cairo in July, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are little chillier, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

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Sultanahmet District
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
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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.
On the 16th (Sun), stop by Alaturca Carpet, stop by Sultans Ceramic, and then stroll through Goreme National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Gallery Cappadocia, browse the exhibits of Goreme Open-Air Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and finally learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Goreme vacation planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in July, Goreme is slightly colder at night with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Sightseeing Shopping

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Uchisar, Sultans Ceramic
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Goreme National Park
Goreme Acikhava Muzesi

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