9 days in Turkey Itinerary

9 days in Turkey Itinerary

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9 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Dalyan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Oludeniz
— 1 night
4
Cesme
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Kuwait City

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.
Relax by the water at Dalia Beach and Solar Plajı. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , slough off your stress at Turkish baths, and take a stroll through Sultanahmet District.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Kuwait City in August, plan for colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 34°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Dalyan.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy

1
night
Dalyan

Dalyan ©
Although it once seemed destined to become a stereotypical coastal resort, Dalyan remains unspoiled by commercial tourism because of its location within an environmentally protected area.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Lycian Rock Tombs, then delve into the distant past at Kaunos, then delve into the distant past at Dalyan, and finally kick back and relax at Iztuzu Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Dalyan travel route planner .

Getting from Istanbul to Dalyan by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Dalyan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caunos Tombs of the Kings
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Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2
Kaunos ©
Kaunos
Caunos Tombs of the Kings ©
Caunos Tombs of the Kings

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then stroll through Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach).

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Oludeniz itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dalyan to Oludeniz in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cesme.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
day
Cesme

Cesme
The ancient coastal town of Cesme has managed to preserve its natural beauty, even after many years as one of the most popular beach resorts in Turkey's Aegean Region.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): kick back and relax at Ilica Plaji and then kick back and relax at Babylon.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Cesme trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Oludeniz to Cesme by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Cesme are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Cesme

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Celsus Kutuphanesi, delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, delve into the distant past at The Terrace Houses, explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of The Basilica of Saint John, and finally stop by La Tulip Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, then steep yourself in history at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ladies Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk trip planner .

Getting from Cesme to Selcuk by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cesme to Selcuk. Traveling from Cesme in August, you will find days in Selcuk are a bit warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ladies Beach
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
The Basilica of Saint John ©
The Basilica of Saint John
Ladies Beach ©
Ladies Beach

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