9 days in Turkey Itinerary

9 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey attractions planner

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Fly
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 1 night
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
On the 17th (Fri), see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): look for gifts at Alaturca Taner, then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme route planning website.

Ankara to Goreme is an approximately 4.5-hour bus ride. You can also drive. When traveling from Ankara in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Goreme, with highs around 37°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Istanbul

— 3 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Istanbul road trip website.

You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Goreme in July, plan for little chillier days in Istanbul, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Pamukkale

— 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
On the 22nd (Wed), explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale tour itinerary builder website.

Getting from Istanbul to Pamukkale by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Selcuk

— 2 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
On the 24th (Fri), examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). On the next day, look for gifts at Lilys Authentic Art carpets and textiles shop, then look for gifts at Sultan Carpet and Kilim, then explore the ancient world of Isa Bey Mosque, and finally cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Selcuk tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Selcuk can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks · Museums

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.