8 days in Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

8 days in Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

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Istanbul

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.
Shop till you drop at Kapali Carsi and Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi. Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Rahmi M. Koc Museum. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip builder website.

Brasilia, Brazil to Istanbul is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Brasilia in April, things will get slightly colder in Istanbul: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Goreme, Cappadocia

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 24th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, then get outside with Royal Balloon, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park, and finally stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at La Maison du Kilim, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Chez Galip.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme travel planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in April, Goreme is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature

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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.