9 days in Turkey Itinerary

9 days in Turkey Itinerary

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9 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly + train:  7​h 45​min
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Pamukkale
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Cairo

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ancient City of Ephesus and Celsus Kutuphanesi. Visit Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at The Terrace Houses, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Basilica of Saint John, explore the historical opulence of Keci Kalesi, and make a trip to Curetes Street.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Selcuk online tour itinerary planner .

Cairo, Egypt to Selcuk is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Cairo in May, expect Selcuk to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

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

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 6th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Hierapolis & Pamukkale.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

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Hierapolis & Pamukkale ©
Hierapolis & Pamukkale

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.
Basilica Cistern and Topkapi Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) for their historical value. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take a stroll through Sultanahmet District, and steep yourself in history at Little Hagia Sophia.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. May in Istanbul sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
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Basilica Cistern

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