9 days in Turkey Itinerary

9 days in Turkey Itinerary

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9 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly:  13​h
1
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Durban

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 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), wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and contemplate the long history of Galata Tower.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul tour app .

Durban, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Durban to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durban in December, things will get colder in Istanbul: highs are around 7°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

2
nights
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.
On the 30th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Kaklik Cave, head outdoors with Pamukkale Balloons, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale road trip site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

3
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
On the 1st (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then look for gifts at Turquoise Rugs & Bags. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the verdant scenery at Peri Bacalari and then explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Goreme itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Peri Bacalari, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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