12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Izmir
Fly:  2 h 30 min
1
Istanbul
— 8 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Urgup
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Izmir

8
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.
Shop till you drop at Istiklal Street and Ikonium Studio. Get some historical perspective at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, take a stroll through Sultanahmet District, take in the awesome beauty at Selale Parkuru, and browse the exhibits of Constantine Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner .

Izmir to Istanbul is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Shopping Wildlife
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
nights
Urgup

Urgup ©
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Alaturca Taner and Naile Art Gallery. Kapadokya Ebru Sanat Evi and La Maison du Kilim will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, steep yourself in history at Goreme National Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Damsa Baraji.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Urgup day trip app .

Getting from Istanbul to Urgup by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Istanbul in January: highs in Urgup hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Uchisar, Goreme
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki ©
Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki

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