8 days in Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

8 days in Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

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8 days in Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

Start: Muscat
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Goreme
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Muscat

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Dolmabahce Palace. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Istanbul vacation tool .

Muscat, Oman to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Muscat to Istanbul. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Muscat in May, with highs in Istanbul at 25°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

3
nights
Goreme

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): soar above the sights with a balloon tour and then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Alaturca Taner, then appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, then Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Goreme trip tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in May, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Alaturca Taner
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Off-Road Tours

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