9 days in Turkey Itinerary

9 days in Turkey Itinerary

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9 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  14​h
1
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Goreme
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Singapore

3
nights
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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planning website .

Singapore, Singapore to Istanbul is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to Eastern European Time is minus 5 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Istanbul reach 7°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Istanbul to Selcuk by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in December, you will find days in Selcuk are somewhat warmer (15°C), and nights are little chillier (3°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping
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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

1
night
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

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Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Naile Art Gallery, then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, see Off-Road Tours, look for gifts at Arts & Crafts Cappadocia, then Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Goreme trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Pamukkale to Goreme by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Goreme sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Naile Art Gallery
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Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

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