9 days in Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

9 days in Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

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Istanbul
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Istanbul

— 3 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner.

Munich, Germany 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 Munich to Istanbul. Traveling from Munich in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Goreme: Derinkuyu (Kaymakli Underground City, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, &more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the historical opulence of Uchisar Castle, and get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Goreme trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in April, expect little chillier with lows of 40°F in Goreme. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.