9-Day Turkey Itinerary: Istanbul and Cappadocia

by Vero

Day 1. Arrival in Istanbul

Arriving in Istanbul in the evening? Stay in Sultanahmet, dine under Galata Bridge, and experience the city's nightlife.

Day 2. Visiting Ottoman Istanbul

Topkapi Palace: Huge and beautiful, expect long ticket queues, arrive early.

Blue Mosque: Closed for construction, a reason to revisit Istanbul.

Day 3. Bosphorus Cruise

Bosphorus cruise tour: Disorganized but enjoyable, including tours, stops, and buffet meals.

Sightseeing and sunset: Visited Pierre Lotti viewpoint, Dolmabahçe Palace, and fishing village, and enjoyed the sunset from Sultanahmet Square terrace.

Day 4. Suleiman, Beyoglu, Mosque and Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar experience: Shopping, labyrinth-like, best kebab, and unique atmosphere.

Suleiman Mosque and Beyoglu: Peaceful mosque visit, sunset from Galata Tower, dinner at Parole restaurant.

Day 5. Spice Bazaar and Asian Side

Egyptian Bazaar: Colorful, neat, bought spices and Turkish sweets.

Ferry ride and Kiz Kulesi: Restaurant with a view near the ferry, enjoyable walk to Kiz Kulesi Büfesi beach bar.

Day 6. Departure to Cappadocia 

Istanbul to Cappadocia: Various travel options for different types of travelers.

Mustafapaşa Experience: Morning photo safari, lunch in Ürgüp, relaxing Hammam, and inspiring encounters.

Day 7. Ballooning over Cappadocia

Ballooning in Cappadocia: Early morning pickup, smooth ascent, stunning views, limited daily flights.

Exploring Cappadocia: Avanos pottery stores, delicious soup, Goreme National Park photo opportunities.

Day 8. Visit the Cave Cities; Return to Istanbul

Handmade Carpets and Silk Cocoons: Visited a cooperative making carpets and witnessed the intricate process.

Underground City Exploration: Explored an underground city on the way to the airport.

Day 9. Departure from Istanbul to Home

Convenient Hotel Near Sabiha Gokcen Airport: Stayed at ISG Airport Hotel with free airport transfer.

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