9 days in Turkey Itinerary

9 days in Turkey Itinerary

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9 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly + Shuttle:  11 h
1
Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
4
Goreme
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h
End: Abu Dhabi

1
night
Oludeniz

Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stroll through Calis Beach, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then stroll through Oludeniz PlajI.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Oludeniz online itinerary builder .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Oludeniz is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Abu Dhabi to Oludeniz. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in December, you will find days in Oludeniz are little chillier (19°C), and nights are cooler (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Calis Beach
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, and finally explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Pamukkale trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

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.
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kids will appreciate attractions like Basilica Cistern and Suleymaniye Cami . And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, look for all kinds of wild species at Bentler Tabiat Parki, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Selale Parkuru.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

3
nights
Goreme

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.
On the 19th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Gore Harabeleri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lucky Horse Ranch.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Goreme sightseeing app .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for little chillier nights in Goreme, with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Gore Harabeleri, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Uchisar Castle
Highlights from your plan
Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki ©
Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides

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