Turkey 7 Day Itinerary with a focus on Cappadocia

The stunning Rose Valley in Cappadocia

Here is a Turkey Itinerary 7 days with a particular focus on the stunning region of Cappadocia.

Turkey 7 Day Itinerary: Day 1

Afternoon flight with Turkish Airlines London-Istanbul.

I organised pick up at the airport by my hotel Empress Zoe.

Arrived at the Hotel in time for dinner. Asked their advice and had a delicious seafood dinner only a few steps away.

The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

One Week in Turkey: Day 2

Day Trip to Gallipoli – I used TJ’s Tours

Stayed at Empress Zoe – not back till 1030pm.

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Looking onto Anzac beach

Turkey Itinerary 7 Days: Day 3

Morning wandering Istanbul.

Afternoon flight to Kayseri.

I booked a shuttle bus online before leaving the UK to pick up at the airport and deliver me to the hotel. This worked well and was a good price.

Stayed in Uchisar at hotel Argos in Cappadocia

Dinner at the hotel

For more detail on Cappadocia check out my blog post on Cappadocia Tours and Things to do.

One Week in Turkey: Day 4

Morning walk through the Pigeon Valley.

Lunch in Goreme and then went to the Goreme Open Air Museum in the afternoon.

Dinner and stayed the night in Uchisar at hotel Argos in Cappadocia.

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Entrance to the Pigeon Valley

Turkey Itinerary 7 Days: Day 5

Full day walk to underground caves and the Ilhara Valley with Middle Earth Tours.

Dinner and stayed the night in Uchisar at hotel Argos in Cappadocia

Turkey Itinerary 7 Days: Day 6

Full day walk with Middle Earth Tours to the Love and Rose Valleys.

Dinner in Uchisar and then stayed in Uchisar at hotel Argos.

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The Rose Valley

Turkey Itinerary 7 days: Day 7

Up very early and off to Royal Balloons for Balloon flight.

Back to the hotel for another late breakfast!

Then to Goreme for a wander and Hamam.

Late afternoon flight from Kayseri to London via Istanbul. Used the airport shuttle again.

If you’re planning on spending longer in Turkey check out this fantastic Two Week Turkey Itinerary by High Heels and a Backpack

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I seriously took about 300 photos

Information Sources for What to do in Turkey for a week:

I bought the Cappadocia chapter from Lonely Planet online. This was really useful and where I found Hotel Empress Zoe.

I googled shopping at the Grand Bazaar quite a bit and found the expat bloggers that I mention in the Istanbul article. This helped me focus on exactly where to go in a short time frame.

Figuring out Gallipoli was a lot of time on Google and then using trip advisor to find TJ’s tour.

I used one of my favourite websites – www.iescape.com – to book Argos in Cappadocia. I got an excellent rate and a free bottle of wine!

I also found Middle Earth in Lonely Planet and then checked their site and ratings on Trip Advisor. I had the hotel book the first walk once we arrived and then booked with them directly for the next day.

I used the hotel to find Royal Balloons. I wanted their recommendation as I was a bit nervous.

Books I read during my one week in Turkey:

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. This is a brilliant book! I love Jon Ronson – he is extremely amusing and has less than no ego. This is a fascinating book about social media and the impact of the seldom discussed feeling of shame in our society.

QF32 by Richard de Crespigny. This book was actually in my room at Argos. I picked it up and couldn’t put it down! It is a page turner about the incident on a Qantas A380 on its way out of Singapore. He clearly articulates everything that went wrong, how they dealt with it and how he managed the situation. Thrilling stuff!!!

Want to use this itinerary as a basis to plan a trip of your own? Check out the link below to wOndary – you can use this format and share it with friends and/or customise your itinerary:


What to do in Turkey for a Week Useful Links:


Click here for the best hotels in Istanbul.

Click here for the best hotels in Cappadocia

Keen to read more about Turkey? Check out my more detailed posts about everywhere listed above:

Gallipoli Tours Travel Guide

Istanbul Layover

Best Things to do in Cappadocia

I also like to download the relevant chapters from lonely planet and put them in the ibook app on my phone
Get the digital chapters you want, ditch the ones you don’t! Only $4.95 per chapter!


Looking for flights? Kayseri is the nearest airport for Cappadocia and here are some great deals

Looking for flights to Istanbul? Click here for some great deals

Or try my favourite Middle Eastern Airlines – particularly if you are looking at going business class:

Qatar Airways Istanbul

Etihad Airways Istanbul

Feeling Brave? Maybe Rent a Car?

Or why not explore Turkey by Train? 


Tours around Turkey

Travelling solo and keen to explore group tours?

Just You Turkey

Exodus Turkey

And Exodus have a couple of specific Cappadocia trips

Explore Turkey

G Adventures Turkey

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  • QF32 is an excellent read. Apparently, the writer is a bit of a show-off, but he and his colleagues are the reason I fly Qantas when possible. They are reliable, and they put safety first.

    Must head over to your Gallipoli report. I hired a car at Ataturk and spent two nights at the Gallipoli House. I could have spent a week. Barely scratched the surface.

    • i agree on qantas – and he was a bit of a show off but i would be very happy to see him being the pilot of any plane I was on!

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