8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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Istanbul

— 2 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Archaeological Museum. Hagia Sophia and Suleymaniye Cami will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the striking features of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, and appreciate the history behind Sultanahmet Square.

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Auckland, New Zealand to Istanbul is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Istanbul is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Auckland in May, expect nights in Istanbul to be little chillier, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Baths
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 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 28th (Thu): appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park. On the next day, see Off-Road Tours, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then Head underground at Uchisar Castle.

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You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in May, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · History Museums · 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.