8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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8 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Bishkek
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Goreme
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 30​min
3
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Izmir
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Bishkek

3
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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planning site .

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to Istanbul is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Bishkek to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bishkek in January: highs in Istanbul hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Sat), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Goreme National Park, then soar above the sights with Royal Balloon, and finally admire the masterpieces at Naile Art Gallery.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Goreme itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in January, plan for little chillier days in Goreme, with highs around 5°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Off-Road Tours
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Naile Art Gallery ©
Naile Art Gallery

1
night
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
On the 26th (Sun), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Pamukkale journey planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools

1
night
Izmir

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Agora Open Air Museum and then stroll around Izmir Wild Life Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Izmir trip builder .

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Izmir takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Izmir are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks Historic Sites
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Izmir Wild Life Park ©
Izmir Wild Life Park
Alsancak ©
Alsancak
Agora Open Air Museum ©
Agora Open Air Museum

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