11 days in Istanbul, Goreme & Izmir Itinerary

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Istanbul
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Goreme, Cappadocia
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Izmir
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Istanbul — 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Basilica Cistern. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hagia Sophia Mosque and Great Palace Mosaics Museum. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Beyoglu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eyüp Sultan Mosque, delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Theodosius, and explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern | Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul tour builder website.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Kuwait City in January, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit cooler (10°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for Goreme.
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Goreme, Cappadocia — 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Erciyes and Goreme National Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Zelve Open Air Museum and TokalI Church. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Guray Museum, get into the urban bustle at Kapadokya Sanat ve Kultur Muzesi., see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and slough off your stress at Urgup Hamam & SPA.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Istanbul in January: highs in Goreme hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Izmir.
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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Arkas Art Center and Yesilova Hoyugu Ziyaretci Merkezi. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Forum Bornova and Atatürk monument. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of AbacIoglu Han, look for gifts at Has Deri Leather Shop, and admire the striking features of Fatih Cinili Cami.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Izmir sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Izmir in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in January, things will get a bit warmer in Izmir: highs are around 9°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can fly back home.
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