9 days in Istanbul, Bursa & Goreme Itinerary

9 days in Istanbul, Bursa & Goreme Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 2 nights
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Bursa
— 1 day
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Istanbul
— 1 night
Drive
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Istanbul
— 3 nights

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Istanbul

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, and finally get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, make a trip to Hippodrome, then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, then hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary builder app.

If you are flying in from Bahrain, the closest major aiports are İstanbul Airport, İstanbul Atatürk Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Bursa

— 1 day
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Uludag Ski Center.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bursa trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Istanbul to Bursa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in December: highs in Bursa hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Bursa

Trails · Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors
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Istanbul

— 1 night

Queen of Cities

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Bursa to Istanbul in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Bursa in December, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 7°C. You'll set off for Goreme on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Istanbul

Shopping · Nightlife · Tours · Historic Sites
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 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.
On the 11th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Goreme National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Goreme trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in December, with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Istanbul

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

Explore Istanbul further: visit Ortakoy, don't miss a visit to Miniaturk, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Goreme to Istanbul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 7°C.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Tours · Nature · Parks
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Cappadocia travel guide

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History Museums · Geologic Formations · National Parks
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.