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 + taxi:  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, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and finally admire the striking features of Rustem Pasha Mosque. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, then admire the striking features of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul tour itinerary 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. The time zone difference when traveling from York to Istanbul is 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from York in October: highs in Istanbul hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time 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.
On the 7th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Pasabag, enjoy unforgettable views with Royal Balloon, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, then stroll through Uchisar Castle, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Goreme tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in October, expect nights in Goreme to be much colder, around 6°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uchisar Castle, Pasabag
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Ancient Rock Tombes, wander the streets of Old Town, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Kayakoy, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Oludeniz travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Goreme to Oludeniz in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Goreme in October, with highs in Oludeniz at 30°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fethiye
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Babadag ©
Babadag
Ancient Rock Tombes ©
Ancient Rock Tombes

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, enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach, and then make a trip to Lions Tomb.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kas trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Oludeniz to Kas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kas are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Flora Gullet Boat ©
Flora Gullet 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): explore the ancient world of The Basilica of Saint John, delve into the distant past at Arcadian Way, delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally explore the ancient world of The Terrace Houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, then see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Curetes Street.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Selcuk itinerary planner.

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, daytime highs in Selcuk are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums
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The Basilica of Saint John ©
The Basilica of Saint John
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

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