5 days in Northern Cyprus & Istanbul Itinerary

5 days in Northern Cyprus & Istanbul Itinerary

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Kyrenia, Cyprus
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Kyrenia, Cyprus

— 2 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyrenia side-trips: Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos (in Pedoulas), Soli Ruinen (in Lefke) and Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis Church (in Kakopetria). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Saint Hilarion Castle, don't miss a visit to Agha Cafar Pasha Mosque, explore the activities along Kyrenia Harbour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangelos Michael Church.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kyrenia trip itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Kyrenia is an approximately 3-hour flight. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kyrenia when traveling from Tel Aviv in October, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Kyrenia

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Istanbul, Turkey

— 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 30th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and finally take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Kyrenia to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Kyrenia, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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