8 days in Turkey & Morocco Itinerary

8 days in Turkey & Morocco Itinerary

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8 days in Turkey & Morocco Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
2
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  22​h
End: Cape Town, South Africa


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4
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul visit planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in June, expect Istanbul to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
nights
Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech ©
You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
On the 20th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, then admire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia, and then hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fnaa. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then admire the landmark architecture of Koutoubia Mosque, then admire the striking features of Saadian Tombs, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Marrakech online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Marrakech takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Istanbul to Marrakech. When traveling from Istanbul in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Marrakech: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia

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