8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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
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Izmir
— 1 night
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Istanbul
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Eyüp Sultan Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, then steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yeni Camii.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul online journey planner.

Milan, Italy to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Milan to Istanbul. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at II. Turkiye Buyuk Millet Meclisi Cumhuriyet Muzesi, examine the collection at Gokyay Chess Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tacettin Sultan Cami, then steep yourself in history at Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi, and finally admire the striking features of Aslanhane Mosque.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ankara online attractions planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Istanbul in August: highs in Ankara hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Yazilikaya and then explore the ancient world of Hattuşa Örenyeri.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogazkale trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Ankara to Bogazkale takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Bogazkale

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.
On the 5th (Thu), enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, get engrossed in the history at Zelve Open Air Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Zemi Valley.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Goreme visit planner.

You can drive from Bogazkale to Goreme in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Goreme are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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 6th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Yivli Minaret Mosque, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mermerli Beach, then examine the collection at Antalya Toy Museum, and finally admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Antalya trip 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 August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Antalya. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hisar Mosque, then admire the landmark architecture of Fatih Cinili Cami, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Polycarp Church, and finally learn about all things military at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Izmir trip planner.

You can fly from Antalya to Izmir in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antalya in August, expect Izmir to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites · Museums

Istanbul

Queen of Cities

On the 8th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Galata Tower.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Istanbul travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Izmir to Istanbul by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Izmir in August: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 34°C and lows are around 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 · Museums
Highlights from your trip

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.