9 days in Turkey Itinerary

9 days in Turkey Itinerary

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9 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Bursa
— 1 night
+2
bus + train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
4
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h
End: Dublin


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3
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Topkapi Palace and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, and contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Istanbul itinerary planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Istanbul is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Dublin to Istanbul, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in August: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
night
Bursa

Bursa ©
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the striking features of Ulu Cami, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yesil Camii, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emir Sultan Camii, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Somuncu Baba FIrInI ve Cilehanesi.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Bursa journey planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Bursa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Somuncu Baba FIrInI ve Cilehanesi
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Ulu Cami ©
Ulu Cami
Yesil Camii ©
Yesil Camii
Emir Sultan Camii ©
Emir Sultan Camii

2
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

Goreme ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Naile Art Gallery- Cappadocia Ebru Art Center, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Gore Harabeleri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), then get engrossed in the history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Bursa to Goreme in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Goreme when traveling from Bursa in August, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Gore Harabeleri
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme
Gore Harabeleri ©
Gore Harabeleri

2
nights
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Laodikeia
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery
Byzantine Church ©
Byzantine Church

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