9 days in Turkey Itinerary

9 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
4
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive to Adnan Menderes International Airport, Fly to Calicut International Airport

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Galata Tower. Visit Hagia Sophia and Suleymaniye Cami for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Ortakoy, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and shop like a local with Istiklal Caddesi.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul day trip tool.

Kozhikode, India to Istanbul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Kozhikode to Istanbul, you'll gain 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, Istanbul is much colder than Kozhikode - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
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 5th (Mon), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, and then take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in April, Goreme is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Pamukkale

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): push the limits with an extreme tour, take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip planning website.

You can fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Adventure

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 8th (Thu), get a dose of the wild on Troy Tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally explore the ancient world of Public Latrine.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.