9 days in Turkey Itinerary

9 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Train to Manchester, Fly to Istanbul
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Istanbul
— 1 night
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Oludeniz
— 1 day
Drive
4
Kas
— 1 night
Drive
5
Selcuk
— 1 night
Fly to Manchester, Train to York

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Istanbul

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, then contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, take a stroll through Sultanahmet District, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip planning app.

York, UK to Istanbul is an approximately 10-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from York to Istanbul, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from York in October, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

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 7th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features 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 get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in October, expect nights in Goreme to be colder, around 6°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Oludeniz

— 1 day
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, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Oludeniz day trip app.

You can fly from Goreme to Oludeniz in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Goreme in October, things will get a bit warmer in Oludeniz: highs are around 30°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Kas.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:

Kas

— 1 night
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.
On the 10th (Thu), gain a rich perspective with Flora Gullet Boat, kick back and relax at Kaputas Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Lions Tomb.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kas trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Oludeniz to Kas in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Kas, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:

Selcuk

— 1 night
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 11th (Fri), explore the ancient world of The Basilica of Saint John, delve into the distant past at Arcadian Way, steep yourself in history at Public Latrine, then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, then see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Curetes Street.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk visit planner.

Getting from Kas to Selcuk by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: 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
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

Turkey travel guide

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Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.