16 days in Istanbul, Cappadocia & Cyprus Itinerary

16 days in Istanbul, Cappadocia & Cyprus Itinerary

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16 days in Istanbul, Cappadocia & Cyprus Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  10​h
3
Paphos, Cyprus
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Ayia Napa, Cyprus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Kyrenia, Cyprus
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Chicago, United States


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3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Popular historic sites such as Basilica Cistern and Galata Tower are in your itinerary. Head to Kapali Carsi and Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisifor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Istanbul: Delmece Yaylasi (in Cinarcik) and Erikli Waterfall (in Yalova). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Istanbul day trip site .

Chicago, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Istanbul is 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Erikli Waterfall, Delmece Yaylasi
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

4
nights
Goreme, Turkey

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) and Peri Bacalari. Get outdoors at Goreme National Park and Balloon Rides. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Uchisar Castle, delve into the distant past at Özkonak Underground City, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ortahisar Abdioglu Camii, and look for gifts at Sultans Ceramic.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Goreme online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in July, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Paphos.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nevsehir, Avanos, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Uchisar Castle, Ortahisar Abdioglu Camii
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Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle

2
nights
Paphos, Cyprus

Paphos ©
The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
Explore hidden gems such as The House of Dionysus and Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tombs of the Kings and Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Kings Avenue Mall, delve into the distant past at Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Agia Kyriaki and post St. Paul.

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Do a combination of taxi, flight, car, and bus from Goreme to Paphos in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Goreme to Paphos is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Goreme in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 71°F in Paphos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Ayia Napa.

Things to do in Paphos

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Coral Bay, Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos
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The House of Dionysus ©
The House of Dionysus
Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church ©
Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church

3
nights
Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Though Ayia Napa boasts archaeological sites and the largest water park in Europe, the city is best known as a party hub.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Zenobia Wreck. Visiting Konnos Bay and Waterskiing & Jetskiing will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Ayia Napa to Larnaca to see Church of Saint Lazarus about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Nissi Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ayia Thekla Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ayia Napa visit planner.

You can drive from Paphos to Ayia Napa in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Ayia Napa are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Kyrenia.

Things to do in Ayia Napa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Protaras, Larnaca
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Zenobia Wreck ©
Zenobia Wreck

1
night
Kyrenia, Cyprus

Kyrenia ©
Famous for its natural port and Byzantine castle, Kyrenia is not only a lovely old Venetian town, but also the most visited tourist destination in Northern Cyprus.
On the 4th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Saint Hilarion Castle, tour the water at your own pace with Vela Yachting, and then steep yourself in history at Bellapais Monastery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Kyrenia trip tool .

Drive from Ayia Napa to Kyrenia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ayia Napa in August, expect nights in Kyrenia to be about the same, around 75°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 98°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyrenia

Transportation Outdoors Tours
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Saint Hilarion Castle ©
Saint Hilarion Castle
Bellapais Monastery ©
Bellapais Monastery
Vela Yachting ©
Vela Yachting

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