8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 3 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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Istanbul

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hagia Sophia Mosque and Taksim Square. Topkapi Palace and Galata Tower will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul road trip site.

Cairo, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Istanbul. When traveling from Cairo in September, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to fly to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:

Pamukkale

— 2 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.
On the 19th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Akhan Kervansaray, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then take a stroll through Karahayit.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, then step into the grandiose world of Uchisar Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Turasan Sarapcilik, get around town with BellaTurca Travel, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Goreme trip planner.

You can fly from Pamukkale to Goreme in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Turkey travel guide

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Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.