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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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!
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.
Hi Michael if this is your fırst time in Istanbul stay here there are to much places to see in thus marvelous city
I have travelled non stop for 27 years and visited 73 countries and I would put Cappadocia in my personal top 10, so yes, I think it's worth a visit.
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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