13 days in Istanbul, Goreme & Antalya Itinerary

13 days in Istanbul, Goreme & Antalya Itinerary

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Istanbul
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Goreme, Cappadocia
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Antalya
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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.
On the 5th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Halic, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and then take a stroll through Eminonu Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kisirkaya Beach, then kick back and relax at Suma Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Burc Beach.

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London, UK to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from London to Istanbul. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in July, with highs in Istanbul at 34°C and lows at 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.
On the 8th (Thu), take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zemi Valley, and finally stop by Orient Bazaar. On the next day, stroll through Soganli Valley, appreciate the views at Red Valley, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and finally take an in-depth tour of Zelve Open Air Museum.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Goreme attractions planning website.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 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 July, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Antalya

— 7 nights
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Get outdoors at Cirali Beach and BLM Beach. Olympos Ruins and Ataturk Boulevard are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Antalya's surroundings by going to Side (Vespasianus Aniti, Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum), &more). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate, kick back and relax at Mermerli Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see the interesting displays at Sandland.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Antalya route maker tool.

Getting from Goreme to Antalya by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Goreme in July, things will get a bit warmer in Antalya: highs are around 41°C and lows about 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Antalya

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cappadocia travel guide

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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.