9 days in Turkey Itinerary

9 days in Turkey Itinerary

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): head off-road at local off-road trails, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Zelve Open Air Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Zemi Valley, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, then learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, and finally look for gifts at Cappadocia Dowry Carpet.

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Doha, Qatar to Goreme is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Doha in February: high temperatures in Goreme hover around 12°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Kocabag Winery, Zelve Open Air Museum
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Off-Road & ATV Trails
Zelve Open Air Museum ©
Zelve Open Air Museum
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

3
nights
Istanbul

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Archaeological Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Galata Tower. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and relax and rejuvenate at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Istanbul vacation maker site.

Getting from Goreme to Istanbul by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in February, plan for much warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum

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Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
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.
You've now added Hierapolis Balloons to your itinerary. Visiting Hierapolis and Guney Selalesi will get you outdoors. Pamukkale Thermal Pools and Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi are good opportunities to explore the local culture.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Istanbul to Pamukkale by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Denizli
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi ©
Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi

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