9 days in Turkey Itinerary

9 days in Turkey Itinerary

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9 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: York
train + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
3
Oludeniz
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
4
Kas
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Selcuk
— 1 night
Fly + train:  9​h 15​min
End: York

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Rustem Pasha Mosque. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Istanbul road trip planning app .

York, UK to Istanbul is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from York to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from York in October, you will find days in Istanbul are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are warmer (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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 7th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pasabag, enjoy unforgettable views with Royal Balloon, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Uchisar Castle, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in October, expect nights in Goreme to be cooler, around 6°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pasabag, Uchisar Castle
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©

1
day
Oludeniz

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 9th (Wed): slough off your stress at Turkish baths, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Kayakoy, then Head underground at Mavi Magara, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Babadag.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Oludeniz day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Goreme to Oludeniz takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Goreme in October; daily highs in Oludeniz reach 30°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Nature Parks Baths

Side Trip

Fethiye
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Babadag ©
Babadag
Kayakoy ©
Kayakoy
Turkish Baths

1
night
Kas

Kas ©
An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): kick back and relax at Flora Boat, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach, and then make a trip to Lions Tomb.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kas road trip app .

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Kas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Kas

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Flora Boat ©
Flora Boat
Lions Tomb ©
Lions Tomb

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 11th (Fri): delve into the distant past at The Basilica of Saint John, delve into the distant past at Arcadian Way, delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally delve into the distant past at The Terrace Houses. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, then examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Curetes Street.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Selcuk trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Kas to Selcuk in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

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