9 days in Turkey Itinerary

9 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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Izmir
— 2 nights
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Istanbul
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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, and finally take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip maker site.

Lahore, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lahore to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Lahore, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 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 30th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, and finally Head underground at Uchisar Castle. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Goreme National Park, then see Off-Road Tours, then look for gifts at Otantik Bazaar, and finally make a trip to Avanos Oren Yeri.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Goreme vacation planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in January, you will find days in Goreme are little chillier (5°C), and nights are cooler (-4°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Izmir

— 2 nights

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 1st (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Fatih Cinili Cami, then make a trip to Tarihi Asansor, and then take in the waterfront at Kordonboyu. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit Kemeralti Market, then make a trip to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), then stop by Has Deri Leather Shop, and finally stop by Alsancak.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Izmir tour itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Goreme to Izmir in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Goreme in February since evenings lows in Izmir dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Izmir

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Istanbul

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

On the 3rd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Little Hagia Sophia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, then explore the galleries of Galata Tower, then admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, and finally snap pictures at Galata Koprusu.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Izmir to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.