9 days in Turkey Itinerary

9 days in Turkey Itinerary

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9 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly + Drive:  17 h 30 min
1
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Karachi

1
night
Selcuk

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, and then cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Pamucak Beach, take a stroll through Sirince Koyu, then explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, and finally delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip tool .

Karachi, Pakistan to Selcuk is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Karachi to Selcuk. Traveling from Karachi in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Selcuk, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Sirince Koyu
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then wander the streets of Karahayit, and then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale journey tool .

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Karahayit
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Karahayit ©
Karahayit

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sultanahmet District and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Shop till you drop at Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Street. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dalia Beach, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. July in Istanbul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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