Turkey 9-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 10 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Turkey.

Explore Turkey's diverse landscape with a well-curated 9-day guide from kimkim. Begin your classic Turkey adventure beginning in Istanbul, exploring famous Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman sites and heading to the balloon-filled Cappadocia for a hot-air balloon ride across beautiful valleys and head to Izmir for an exploration of Ephesus before concluding your trip in Pammukale. Hike the famous Lycian Way and enjoy the Mediterranean coast, beginning in Kas and going past Phellos, Aperlai, Phaselis, and  Cirali while enjoying the natural scenery and learning about the ancient towns. You could also explore the historical side of Turkey with a journey from Istanbul through the exciting landscape of Cappadocia and arriving in Antalya. 

See our itineraries below or read our guide to the best 9-day trips in Turkey.

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Famous Hot Air Balloons in Cappadocia
Explore Classic Turkey From Istanbul to Pamukkale - 9 Days

This 9-day tour will explore the diverse regions of Turkey, starting with a guided tour and a boat cruise in the vibrant city of Istanbul, discovering the famous Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman sites. Next head to the lunar-like terrain of Cappadocia where you can take a hot air balloon ride over the stunning valleys, visit a historical caravanserai, and explore the underground city of Kaymakli. After discovering Izmir and the ancient city of Ephesus, end your trip at a spa hotel near the famous white travertine terraces of Pamukkale.

Hikers on the Lycian Way
Map of Hiking the Lycian Way in Turkey: Kas, Adrasan & Antalya - 9 Days
Hiking the Lycian Way in Turkey: Kas, Adrasan & Antalya - 9 Days

On this 9-day tour, you'll hike the famous Lycian Way, an ancient trade along Turkey's Mediterranean coast. You will be completing the trail from west to east, beginning in Kas, continuing to through Adrasan, and finally ending in Antalya. On the way, you will pass through ancient Lycian cities like Phellos,  Aperlai, Phaselis, and Cirali. You will also tour remote Mediterranean villages by boat, visit sites featured in Greek mythology, and enjoy some of southern Turkey's most beautiful scenery.

Ruins of the ancient city of Perge
Map of Historic Turkey: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya - 9 Days
Historic Turkey: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya - 9 Days

Embark on a trip through Turkey's history and discover why this country was one of the most important forces of the ancient world. Begin in Istanbul, a melting pot of east and west which straddles the European and Asian continental border, and end in Antalya, home of some of the world's best-preserved ancient sites. Along the way, you'll visit the otherworldly landscape of Cappadocia, cruise down the Bosphorus River, and visit the tomb of famed Sufi mystic and poet Rumi.

The Library of Celsus in Ephesus
Map of Wonders of Turkey: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus - 9 Days
Wonders of Turkey: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus - 9 Days

On this nine-day tour you'll experience some of Turkey's greatest natural and cultural attractions. Starting in the atmospheric capital, Istanbul, you'll have plenty of time to explore the mosques, palaces, bazaars, and ancient ruins of this cultural crossroads. Continue to the Cappadocia region, which has to be seen to be believed. Take an optional hot air balloon tour, if you wish. End in the Ephesus area, where you can see some of Turkey's finest ancient ruins.

Balloons in flight over Cappadocia
Turkey Family Adventure: Cappadocia & Lycian Way Hiking - 9 Days

Perfect for active families of all ages, this adventurous 9-day itinerary highlights some of Turkey's most stunning natural scenery. Beginning among the famous "fairy chimneys" of Cappadocia, you'll explore the valley with easy hikes and bike rides, discovering ancient fortresses and underground cities. After an unforgettable hot air balloon ride, it's time to transfer west to the Mediterranean coast, where you'll trek some inviting portions of the famous Lycian Way against a backdrop of fragrant pine forests, rugged coastline, and mythical mountains.

Ruins of the Ancient Greek city of Pergamon, Turkey
Map of Historic Turkey: Istanbul to Pamukkale - 9 Days
Historic Turkey: Istanbul to Pamukkale - 9 Days

This nine-day tour starts in the Turkish capital of Istanbul, where you'll visit famous sites like the Blue Mosque by foot and boat. Then it's on to the country's inland regions, where you'll attend a wine tasting, visit an olive oil museum, discover battle locations from World War I, and explore the ruins of Ephesus, Troy, and Assos. Stroll through the ancient city of Pergamon before ending your trip in the historic town of Sirince and the baby-blue mineral waters of Pamukkale, where you'll stay at a spa hotel.

Admire the Turquoise Coast from a traditional Turkish yacht or gulet in Fethiye
Map of Explore Turkey's Turquoise Coast By Land & Water - 9 Days
Explore Turkey's Turquoise Coast By Land & Water - 9 Days

This memorable nine-day Turkish adventure starts in vibrant Istanbul and ends along the sparkling Turquoise Coast. Enjoy an action-packed day visiting Istanbul's UNESCO World Heritage sites and bazaars, then fly to the picturesque port city of Fethiye on the Mediterranean coast. Here you'll set off on a four-day cruise by traditional wooden yacht, visiting untouched islands, serene beaches, and ancient ruins. End your trip back on dry land in Antalya, exploring the Greco-Roman wonders of Perge and Aspendos.

Start your trip in Istanbul visiting landmark mosques, bazaars, and palaces
Map of Turkey at a Glance: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus & Pamukkale - 9 Days
Turkey at a Glance: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus & Pamukkale - 9 Days

Get a perfect overview of Turkey's wonders in just one week, from Istanbul's iconic sites like the Hagia Sophia and Grand Bazaar to the valleys and underground cities of Cappadocia and the archaeological treasures of Ephesus. You'll also join an Anatolian cooking class, relax in Pamukkale's thermal waters, and haggle for souvenirs in one of the many markets, all while getting to know the country's people, culture, and history.

Try traditional Turkish dishes like pide or kebabs
Map of Turkish Food & Culture Tour: İstanbul & Cappadocia - 9 Days
Turkish Food & Culture Tour: İstanbul & Cappadocia - 9 Days

Foodies will savor this nine-day introduction to two of Turkey's most popular destinations. Dine at world-renowned restaurants and embark on a street food tour of Istanbul's Asian and European sides, then fly to Cappadocia to learn how to cook traditional dishes and dine on local fare. Take to the skies to see the scenic region by hot-air balloon before descending to an ancient underground city to discover the treasures below. End back in Istanbul with a farewell meal of Turkish classics.

Cycle across the distinctive windswept valleys of Cappadocia
Map of Turkey Active Adventure: Cappadocia, Antalya & Adrasan - 9 Days
Turkey Active Adventure: Cappadocia, Antalya & Adrasan - 9 Days

Outdoor adventurers will thrive on this action-packed nine-day tour of Turkey's natural and cultural highlights. See Cappadocia by bike, foot, and hot-air balloon, then fly to the Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya to sightsee via e-bike. Head south to Adrasan to traverse mythical lava fields, hike Mount Musa, explore ancient ruins, and relax on the idyllic island of Suluada. End your action-packed tour with one final adventure by hiking part of the famed Lycian Way to Cape Gelidonya.

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