9 days in Turkey Itinerary

9 days in Turkey Itinerary

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9 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  7​h
1
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pamukkale
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Kuwait City

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Celsus Kutuphanesi. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, explore the ancient world of Public Latrine, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, delve into the distant past at The Terrace Houses, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip planner .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Selcuk is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Kuwait City, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Selcuk, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
The Terrace Houses ©
The Terrace Houses
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Hierapolis & Pamukkale and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pamukkale Natural Park.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip planner .

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis & Pamukkale ©
Hierapolis & Pamukkale
Pamukkale Natural Park ©
Pamukkale Natural Park

4
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 historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Istanbul by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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