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Turkey Itinerary: My Unforgettable 9 Days in Turkey

Ah, Turkey! Land of ancient empires, breathtaking landscapes, and mouthwatering delicacies. My recent trip through this captivating country was a whirlwind of sights, sounds, and smells, leaving me with memories that shimmer like the Bosphorus at sunset. Buckle up, travel enthusiasts, for we're embarking on a journey through my Turkish adventure, one day at a time!


The journey began with anticipation and excitement as we arrived in Istanbul, the city that bridges two continents – Europe and Asia. We checked into our hotel and settled in, ready to explore the marvels this ancient city had to offer.

  • Stay Location: Sultanahmet
  • Hotel Name: Ardey Hotel 
  • Airport To Sultanahmet: 500 Lira
  • Hotel Rating: 3.5/5

Our Istanbul adventure began with hearts pounding with excitement. Day started with a visit to the iconic Hagia Sophia, a magnificent testament to Byzantine and Ottoman ingenuity, left us speechless. Sunlight streamed through its soaring dome, bathing the mosaics in a golden glow.

The Blue Mosque, adorned with its stunning blue tiles, captivated us with its grandeur. 

We then delved into history at the Istanbul Archaeological Museum, discovering artifacts that narrate the city's rich past.

  • Stay Location: Sultanahmet
  • Hotel Name: Sultanahmet Nu Hotel 
  • Hotel Rating: 3.5/5
  • Travel: By walk you can cover mostly spots in Sultanahmet.


  • Hagia Sophia
  • Blue Mosque
  • Istanbul Archaeological Museum
  • Local Market

A short flight whisked us away to Cappadocia, a land where fairy chimneys dance among rolling hills and history whispers from the rocks.

After landing, a private bus took us to Göreme, where we marveled at the vibrant local market, immersing ourselves in the region's culture and flavors.

  • Stay Location: Göreme
  • Hotel Name: Grand Elite Cave Suites
  • Hotel Rating: 3/5
  • Travel: Istanbul To Nevsehir airport by flight- 40 (one side)
  • Travel: Nevsehir airport To Hotel by Bus - 10


  • Local Göreme Market

The day began with an unforgettable hot air balloon ride at sunrise (5 am), drifting above Cappadocia's surreal landscape, feeling the magic of the moment. Upon returning to the hotel, we embarked on the Cappadocia Red Tour, exploring the region's ancient rock-cut churches, fairy chimneys.

  • Stay Location: Göreme
  • Hotel Name: Kookaburra Pension
  • Hotel Rating: 2.5/5
  • Price: Hot air balloon 180 - 45 Mins
  • Price: Red Tour 50


  • Hot Balloon Ride
  • Uchisar Castle
  • Derinkuyu Underground City
  • Love Valley
  • Zelve Open Air Museum

Another mesmerizing morning chasing hot air balloons across Rose Valley preceded our venture into the Green Tour, discovering the lush landscapes and intriguing rock formations. The day ended with a sense of wonder at Cappadocia's natural beauty.

  • Stay Location: Göreme
  • Hotel Name: Artemis Cave Suites
  • Hotel Rating: 4/5
  • Price: Hot air balloon chase - 20
  • Price: Green Tour 45


  • Pigeon Valley
  • Ihlara Valley
  • Devrent Valley
  • Pasabag
  • Kocabag winery

Bidding farewell to Cappadocia, we returned to Istanbul, eager to explore its regal side. The Topkapi Palace, once the opulent seat of Ottoman sultans, transported us back in time. We wandered through its gilded halls, marveled at the jewel-encrusted treasury, and peeked into the harem, imagining the whispers of history within its walls. The Grand Bazaar was our playground, this time for souvenir treasures – intricate carpets, hand-painted ceramics, and fragrant spices to fill our kitchens with the scents of the Orient.

  • Stay Location: Sultanahmet
  • Hotel Name: Ardey Hotel
  • Travel: kayseri airport To Istanbul Airport by flight- 40
  • Travel: Istanbul Airport To Sultanahmet by Car- 400 Lira


  • Topkapi Palace
  • Grand Bazaar

A morning flight took us to Denizli, and from there, a private car journey led us to Pamukkale, where terraces of mineral-rich thermal waters cascaded down the mountainside. We explored the ancient ruins of Hierapolis, marveling at the historical significance intertwined with natural beauty.

  • Travel: Istanbul To Denizli airport by flight- $70 (Return)
  • Travel: Denizli airport To Pamukkale by Bus - 10 / by Car - 700 Lira


  • Thermal Pools
  • Hierapolis
  • Cleopatra's Pool
  • Pamukkale Amphitheatre or the Roman Theatre

Our return to Istanbul was met with an exploration of the lively Grand Bazaar, where colorful stalls displayed a myriad of treasures. The iconic Galata Tower offered panoramic views, and Taksim Square buzzed with energy. The Bosphorus cruise illuminated the city's skyline with shimmering lights as night fell.

  • Stay Localtion: Taksim Square
  • Hotel Name: Peradays
  • Hotel Rating: 4/5


  • Galata Tower
  • Taksim Square
  • Bosphorus cruise

On our last day, we indulged in shopping near Taksim Square, collecting souvenirs and savoring the local delights. As we bid adieu to Istanbul, we carried cherished memories of its vibrant culture, historical splendor, and warm hospitality back to India.

This whirlwind journey through Turkey's iconic destinations left an indelible mark, offering an unforgettable blend of history, natural wonders, and cultural experiences that will linger in our hearts forever. Until our paths cross again, Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Pamukkale will remain etched as cherished chapters in our travel diaries.

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