11 days in Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Turkey Itinerary

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11 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Trabzon
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
3
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  6​h
4
Bursa
— 1 night
+2
bus + train + Fly:  9​h
End: Kuwait City

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): wander the streets of Ortakoy, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul journey planner .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. While traveling from Kuwait City, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy
Kapali Carsi ©
Kapali Carsi

3
nights
Trabzon

Trabzon ©
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Escape the urban bustle at Karaca Cave and Karaca Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Trabzon: Uzungol (in Caykara) and Sarikaya Yaylasi (in Uzungol). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, take some stellar pictures from Sumela Monastery, browse the different shops at Forum Trabzon, and get to know the fascinating history of Boztepe.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Trabzon trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Trabzon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bursa.

Things to do in Trabzon

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uzungol, Karaca Cave, Karaca Cave, Sarikaya Yaylasi
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Uzungol ©
Uzungol
Karaca Cave ©
Karaca Cave
Karaca Cave ©
Karaca Cave

2
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

Goreme ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center and Royal Balloon. Head to Alaturca Carpet and Cappadocia Dowry Carpetfor plenty of shopping. Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Sultan Carpet, soak in style at Turkish baths, and do a tasting at Kocabag Winery.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme online holiday builder .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Trabzon to Goreme in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Trabzon in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Goreme, with highs around 33°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Bursa.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Uchisar, Sultans Ceramic, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Royal Balloon ©
Royal Balloon
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center ©
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center

1
night
Bursa

Bursa ©
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulu Cami, hunt for treasures at Koza Hani, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Green Mosque (Yesil Camii).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bursa visit site .

Getting from Goreme to Bursa by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in September, Bursa is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Green Mosque (Yesil Camii)
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Koza Hani ©
Koza Hani
Green Mosque (Yesil Camii) ©
Green Mosque (Yesil Camii)

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