9 days in Turkey Itinerary

9 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
1
Istanbul
— 1 night
Fly
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Izmir
Drive
4
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive
5
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Fly
6
Istanbul
— 2 nights
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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.
To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul tour itinerary planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December; daily highs in Istanbul reach 7°C and lows reach 7°C. On the 18th (Sat), you're off to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Goreme National Park, Love Valley, and other attractions. On the 18th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Love Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, then Head underground at Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, and finally make a trip to Kaymakli Underground City.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Goreme online trip maker.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Istanbul in December since evenings lows in Goreme dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to fly to Izmir.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Izmir

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kemeralti Market as well as Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower). On the 20th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower) and then stop by Kemeralti Market.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Izmir trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Goreme to Izmir in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 6°C in Izmir. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Selcuk.

Things to do in Izmir

Neighborhoods
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bibliotheque de Celsus. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk visit planner.

Traveling by car from Izmir to Selcuk takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Izmir in December: highs in Selcuk hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 3°C. You'll set off for Pamukkale on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Selcuk

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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.
Balloon Rides has been added to your itinerary. On the 21st (Tue), witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then admire the landmark architecture of Akhan Kervansaray.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip website.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Istanbul

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

On the 23rd (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and finally hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Pamukkale to Istanbul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Turkey travel guide

4.3
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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.5
History Museums · Geologic Formations · National Parks
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.