8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip builder

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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 Galata Tower. Hagia Sophia and Rustem Pasha Mosque will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, get engrossed in the history at Istanbul Archaeological Museum, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul road trip tool.

Auckland, New Zealand to Istanbul is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Auckland to Istanbul, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 25°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Baths

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

Parks · Nature · 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.