8 days in Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Turkey Itinerary

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8 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Antalya
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
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.
On the 26th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally take a stroll through Istiklal Street. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul travel route planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the ancient world of The Basilica of Saint John, delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, and finally delve into the distant past at Public Latrine.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Selcuk trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Selcuk takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Istanbul in October since evenings lows in Selcuk dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites
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The Basilica of Saint John ©
The Basilica of Saint John
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.
On the 29th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church, stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and finally take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale vacation planning app .

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Antalya.

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
Antalya

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
On the 30th (Wed), explore the stunning scenery at Goynuk Canyon, then see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, and then explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City, take a stroll through Aspendos Ruins and Theater, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Duden Waterfalls.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Antalya trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Antalya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Aspendos Ruins and Theater, Goynuk Canyon
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Perge Ancient City ©
Perge Ancient City
Aspendos Ruins and Theater ©
Aspendos Ruins and Theater
Hadrian's Gate
Hadrian's Gate

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