Duration: 9 Days 8 Nights
Location: Istanbul - Cappadocia- Ephesus-Pamukkale
Price: 965 € pp in double rooms

Day 1 (Arrival to Istanbul)

After your arrival to Istanbul Airport, we will meet you in front of the exit gate at the international terminal; with a sign bearing your name and transfer you to your hotel in Old City area (Sultanahmet). You will have free time in the afternoon depending on your arrival time. It is possible to include some tours on this day if you are arriving in the morning. Overnight accommodation in Sultanahmet.

Day 2 (Group Istanbul Tour, breakfast and lunch included)

The tour will begin with a pick-up from your hotel after your breakfast at around 08:30am. You will visit the famous Topkapi Palace; the main residence for the Ottoman Sultans between 15th and 19th centuries, with its jewel encrusted treasury and the famous Harem (It is possible to visit Harem Section with an extra 15 TL per person).

The next stops before lunch will be The Basilica Cistern which has 336 marble columns and the Roman Hippodrome which was once the center of Istanbul’s political life. After having lunch, you will respectively visit Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque), Million stone, Tomb of Sultan Mahmud and ancient Ottoman cemetery, Cemberlitas (Column of Constantine) and Grand Bazaar.

The tour will end around 4:30pm with free time in Grand Bazaar which is very close to almost all the hotels in Sultanahmet area and the guide will show you the directions on how to get to your hotel. Overnight accommodation in Sultanahmet

Highlights in Istanbul

  • Visit to Topkapi Palace
  • Stay in Historical Peninsula in Istanbul
  • Visit to Hagia Sophia Church
  • Visit to Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii)
  • Professional tour guide fluent in English

Day 3 (Group Bosporus & 2 Continents Tour, breakfast and lunch included)

Our guide will meet you at around 08:30 in the hotel reception and firstly visit the Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market) built in 1664 and filled with the fragrance of the exotic East such as spices, dried fruits, Turkish delights. The Bosphorus cruise by TurYol boat takes about 1.5 hours and you will see the most impressive sights along the shores of the Bosphorus including Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Maiden´s Tower, Bosphorus bridges, Rumeli and Anadolu fortresses and Ottoman Residences. After the cruise, you will return back to Sultanahmet area for lunch break at a restaurant with your guide using public transport.

We will have a lunch break in a traditional Turkish Restaurant.

After lunch, we firstly visit Beylerbeyi Palace , and we will visit Camlica Hill, exposing a panoramic view of Istanbul and Bosphorus from the best point of view. After the tour you will be transferred to your hotel around 18:00.

Day 4 (Group Cappadocia Tour, breakfast and lunch included)

With an early pick-up from your hotel around 05:00am , we will transfer you to Ataturk Airport and have the flight to Cappadocia. Our guide and driver will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel for the breakfast. After having the breakfast, you will start touring in magical Cappadocia. We will start at 09:30 and first drive to Uchisar Panorama Point , where you will have a nice view of the tallest fairy chimneys , used as a castle , fantastic cone-shaped rock formations surrounding it. The next stop will be the most important place in Cappadocia Region: Goreme Open Air Museum. The museum is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. You will see the best-preserved rock-cut churches in the area. The next visit will be to Love Valley Panorama Point and there you will see the most interestingly-shaped fairy chimneys of the area. 

We will have our lunch at a local restaurant in Avanos. After lunch, we will have the kick-wheel pottery demo which is an art for about 4000 years. Starting with the Hittites, this art became the most important cultural heritage of the town. We will visit Pasabag (Monks Valley) which is also known as mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. The fairy-chimneys in Pasabag are the best-protected ones in the area and it gives the best idea about the formation of a fairy-chimney. The next stop will be Devrent Valley where you will see the Camel-shaped fairy chimney and then we will drop you off to your hotel. Overnight accommodation in Goreme.

Highlights in Cappadocia

  • Unusual landspace and stay in a cave hotel
  • Visit to Goreme Open Air Museum
  • Visit to 2 different underground cities
  • World-wide famous balloon flight (optional)
  • Professional tour guide fluent in English

Day 5 (Group Cappadocia Tour, breakfast and  lunch included)

Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight in the early morning can be a good start the day with sunrise.

We will start with a pick-up from your hotel around 09:30 and drive to Red Valley to start our hiking there. Your guide will give you information about the history and formation of the region. You will have a hike about 1,5 hours and you will see very interesting rock formations and some secret churches. At the end of the hike, we will arrive in Cavusin Village which was a former Greek Village. Turkey has a big compulsory population exchange with Greece and this village is one of the villages that we changed the population in Cappadocia. Your guide will give information about the details of this change.

Before lunch, we will visit Goreme Panorama Point that you will see almost all the valleys in Cappadocia and you will feel like you are on a balloon ride. After having lunch, we will visit Pigeon Valley to see Uchisar Castle from a panoramic point and then we will drive about 30 minutes to get to Kaymakli Underground City. After experiencing the life in underground, we will finish the day with a demonstration of traditional semi-precious stones in Cappadocia and then drive back to the hotel around 16:30. Overnight accommodation in Goreme.

Day 6 (Flight to Ephesus, free day at leisure)

We will pick you up two hours before the flight and take you to Kayseri Airport. You will have a direct* flight to Izmir Airport. Our driver will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel in Selcuk. You will have a free day at leisure today. You can visit St. John Basilica on this day which is going to be very close to your hotel. Overnight accommodation in Selcuk.

Highlights in Ephesus

  • Visit to Ephesus Ancient City
  • Visit to Virgin Mary House
  • Visit 1 of the 7 wonders in Ancient World
  • Visit to St. John Basilica (on own)
  • Professional tour guide fluent in English

Day 7 (Group Ephesus Tour – breakfast and lunch included)

We will pick you up from your hotel around 09:30am and drive to Ephesus Ancient City, one of the biggest excavations in the world. We will visit the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the stream baths of Scholastica, Hadrian and Domitian Temples, impressive library of Celsius. We will then visit The Grand Theatre, where Saint Paul preached. The theatre was the largest one in ancient times with capacity of 24.000 seats. The walk in the Ephesus ruins will be around 2 hours and then we will have the lunch.

After lunch, we will visit The Artemis Temple which is one the Seven Wonders of the World in Ancient World. We wil drive to The Virgin Mary House which is believed that she lived there for a while with St. John the Evangalist. The tour will end around 4:30pm and we will take you back to your hotel. Overnight accommodation in Selcuk.

Day 8 (Group Pamukkale Tour – Flight to Istanbul, breakfast and lunch included)

We will pick you up from your hotel around 08:00am and drive to Hierapolis Ancient City. We will visit the biggest Necropolis (cemetery) in Turkey, The Domitian and Byzantium Gates, Main Street and The theatre which has a capacity of 20.000 seats. After visiting the theatre, you will have some free time to enjoy a possible swim in Cleopatra Pool. There is an extra 10 Euro entrance fee for this pool. The walk in the Hierapolis ruins will end with the arrival to Travertine terraces.

The travertine pools are very strange formations caused by thermal springs which contains huge amount of calcium bicarbonate , chalk and limestone. The travertines cascade down the hills naturally and very much resemble a frozen waterfall. The tour will end around 4:30pm. After the tour we will transfer you to Denizli Airport for a flight back to Istanbul. Our driver will meet you at the airport and drive you back to your hotel in Old City area. Overnight accommodation in Sultanahmet.

Day 9 (Transfer to airport for flight back home)

On your last day in Turkey, you will have free day for your leisure until the transfer time to the airport. We will then drive to Ataturk Airport for your flight back to your country.

* Direct Flights to Izmir may not be available in winter or the flight might be in the afternoons. We will offer connecting flight options in those cases. The rate for the package might be a little cheaper or expensive depending on early or late bookings because of the flight ticket rates.

The rate for the tour will be 965 Euro per person on minimum 2 people. The single supplement fee is 210 Euro. The rate includes:

  • Domestic flight tickets (Istanbul – Cappadocia, Cappadocia – Izmir and Izmir – Istanbul)
  •  All airport transfers
  •  Hotel accommodations with breakfasts
  •  Professionally-licensed and experienced English speaking guides (All of our guides graduate from 4-year university course to be a tour guide)
  •  All admission fees to museums on the itinerary (except the entrance to Harem)
  •  Lunches where described on the itinerary
  •  Parking fees
  •  Service Charges and taxes

Exclusions:

  •  International flight tickets (possible to book through our agents)
  •  Personal expenses during the tours
  •  Drinks
  •  Optional tips to drivers, guides and hotels

Please send us an email to get detailed information and make your booking. We will reply your request the latest in 24 hours.

The hotels in this package will be as (depending on the availability):

Istanbul : Hotel Amira (standard room), Blue House Hotel (standard room) or, Ferman Sultan Hotel (standard room) on Bed & Breakfast basis

Cappadocia :Carus Cappadocia Hotel,  Holiday Cave Hotel (suite room) or Sultan Cave Suites (junior suite room) on Bed & Breakfast basis

Selcuk : Hotel Nilya (standard room), Hotel Bella (room with balcony) or Hotel Kalehan (standard room) on Bed & Breakfast basis

It is possible to have private tours in Istanbul, Cappadocia and Ephesus area which makes the itinerary much more flexible. Our regular tours have maximum 14 people while private tours will be only for your party. We can customize the itineraries up to your personal requests. If you would like to have the itinerary with private tours, the rate will will be 1550 Euro per person.

Please email us to get more detailed information and we will reply your request the latest in 24 hours.