We are planning a trip to Berlin -2 days, Prague - days, Buddapest 2- days, Bucharest - 2 days, and Istanbul -3 days. We are trying to decide whether to spend all 3 days in Istanbul or take 2 days off and go to Cappodcia. Please advise.
Without knowing your flight times it is difficult to comment on a suggested realistic itinerary but if you haven't been to Istanbul before then you can easily spend three days there and still be disappointed you didn't stay longer!
ISTANBUL - 3 DAYS (done comfortably)
Day 3 - Dolmabahçe Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street, Galata Tower.
If you were to go to Cappadocia I would suggest you fly there the evening of Day 1...then..
Day 2 - Take the Green tour to The Ihlara Valley and the Churches of the Ihlara Canyon and Underground cities.
Day 3 - Wake early for hot airballoon and whatever time you have left see Zelve Open Air Museum as a priority.
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Have a great holiday
Istanbul is so charming, with quite a few things to do!
I cant wait to travel there next time and add Cappadocia to the trip!
Turkey is on of the most beautiful countries I've ever visited and Cappadocia as a unique charm. You don't need more than one day to visit it tho, while Istanbulis a capital that will surprise you in every corner.
Cappadocia is famous for its hot air balloons and the fairy chimneys which is unique but you may not be able to do a day trip.
Have a good trip.
Cappadocia is totally different from what you'd experience in Istanbul. More peaceful, more countryside landscapes, and I'd say, a MUST for anyone planning a trip to Turkey. Nevertheless, 2 days for Cappadocia are not enough, I'd say at least 4, to make sure you catch the balloon flight (you might catch bad weather and so they usually postpone it for the next day/better weather conditions day)
Still, if you decide go, I wrote a blog post about it, on things to do: A walk on the moon in Cappadocia
For Istanbul, 3 days are quite ok, you'll have time to see plenty of things.
Have a great trip, Michael! :)
Turkey, especially Istanbul and Cappadocia are beautiful places, but if you have only three days, it may not make sense to fly to Cappadocia and back as there is so much to see and experience in both places. I'd like to add two things which could make your trip even more memorable.
If you're in the Grand Bazaar, do enjoy a meal at the Havuzlu Restaurant, great food and wonderful experience in a beautiful setting.
Do try to catch a show of the Whirling Dervishes on one of the evenings, you could try the Hodjapasha Dance Theater
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