11 days in Cappadocia & Istanbul Itinerary

11 days in Cappadocia & Istanbul Itinerary

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11 days in Cappadocia & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Mashhad
Fly + Drive:  16​h
1
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
2
Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Mashhad

3
nights
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 6th (Fri): Head underground at Uchisar Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Sultans Ceramic, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then do a tasting at Kocabag Winery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip planner.

Mashhad, Iran to Goreme is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Mashhad in September, things will get a bit cooler in Goreme: highs are around 33°C and lows about 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Mon) before leaving for Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Uchisar, Sultans Ceramic
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme

6
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
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.
Family-friendly places like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Dolmabahce Palace will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

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Traveling by flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Goreme, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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