8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 1 night
Fly
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Ankara
— 1 night
Drive
3
Bogazkale
— 1 night
Drive
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Fly
5
Antalya
— 1 night
Fly
6
Izmir
— 1 night
Fly
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Istanbul
— 1 night
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Istanbul

— 1 night

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 2nd (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, and then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker.

Milan, Italy to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. August in Istanbul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums

Ankara

— 1 night

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, then see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, and then delve into the distant past at Ankara Castle.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ankara online vacation planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Istanbul in August, expect nights in Ankara to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Bogazkale.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites

Bogazkale

— 1 night
Boğazkale is a district of Çorum Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey, located 87km from the city of Çorum. To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bogazkale trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Ankara to Bogazkale takes 3 hours. You'll set off for Goreme on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Bogazkale

Historic Sites

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 1 night
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 4th (Wed): stop by Arts & Crafts Cappadocia, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and finally soar above the sights with Royal Balloon.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Bogazkale to Goreme takes 3 hours. In August in Goreme, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Antalya

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate and then wander the streets of Kaleici.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Antalya trip itinerary app.

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 August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Antalya, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Izmir

— 1 night

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
On the 6th (Fri), walk around Izmir Wild Life Park, then admire the landmark architecture of Fatih Cinili Cami, and then take a stroll through Kemeralti Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Konak Square and then make a trip to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower).

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Izmir day trip planning site.

You can fly from Antalya to Izmir in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, Izmir is a bit cooler than Antalya - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Istanbul

— 1 night

Queen of Cities

Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eyüp Sultan Mosque.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Istanbul tour planning tool.

Fly from Izmir to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Izmir in August; daily highs in Istanbul reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Turkey travel guide

4.4
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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.6
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.