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Checklist of Turkey’s Greatest Hits from Istanbul: 10 Day Tour from Istanbul to Cappadocia

Duration

10 Days 9 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

20 people

5/5

Guide Language

Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Overview

Turkey is a popular tourism destination thanks to its rich history, diverse culture and various landmarks that attracts millions of visitors every year. Due to the fact that, it hosted many civilizations on its lands throughout its history, a great variety of cultures, nationalities, religions and traditions can be observed in one place. In case you are curious about best places to visit in Turkey, here is the ultimate tour to fulfill this wish. On this tour, we are discovering the most popular touristic landmarks of the country on a 10-day adventure. We are diving into the exceptional historical old city of Istanbul, exploring the ancient cities of Troy, Pergamon and Ephesus. We will also see the wondrous Pamukkale and Hierapolis as well as amazing cities Konya and Izmir. As the cherry on top, we are visiting the captivating Cappadocia to get bewitched by the most splendid views. If you are as impatient as us to kick off this journey book your private tour and join the adventure.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit Istanbul’s popular landmarks such as Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar
  • Discover the Anzac Cove and the War Cemeteries at Gallipoli to commemorate the fallen soldiers
  • Travel back in time to remember the ancient history in the ruins of Troy
  • Get to visit the ancient city of Pergamon
  • Explore the ancient city of Ephesus, the amazing Library of Celsus and the Grand Amphitheatre
  • Feel the magic, bewitched by the views of Pamukkale and visit the ancient city Hierapolis
  • Enjoy a Whirling Dervishes show at Konya
  • Have the time of your life, accompanied by Cappadocia’s splendid fairy chimneys and experience a journey in the underground city of Saratli

Itinerary

This is a private tour designed only for you and your loved ones.

Day 1
Welcome to Istanbul
Our journey begins with us picking you from the airport to transfer you to your hotel in Istanbul with a comfortable, air-conditioned coach. Our professional guide is greeting you in a welcome reception and at the end of the day leaving you to get ready before tomorrow’s journey.

Day 2
Discover Colourful Istanbul
After the breakfast, we are hopping on our coach to discover the infamous landmarks of Istanbul. First, we are exploring the Ottoman legacy at the Topkapi Palace. On the way, we are stumbling upon the Hippodrome, where the chariot races took place at Byzantine times. We are learning the stories of the historical obelisks and moving to our next stop Hagia Sophia, that is the apple of Istanbul’s eye. After visiting the exceptional Blue Mosque, we are heading to the Grand Bazaar to get lost in the maze-like structure while shopping for our loved ones. In the evening, we are returning to our hotel to get rest before next day’s adventure.

Day 3
Journey to Gallipoli and Canakkale
After checking out from our hotel, we are hitting the road to Canakkale to commemorate the fallen soldiers of World War I at Gallipoli. We will visit the Anzac Cove and the Dardanelles, and stop by at the cemeteries of Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair, the final resting place of many Allied soldiers. At the end of the day, we are being transferred to our hotel in Canakkale to spend the night.

Day 4
Off to Troy, Pergamon and Izmir
After breakfast, we are checking out from our hotel and heading to the ancient city of Troy. We are following the footsteps of ancient heroes like Achilles, Paris, Hector and Helen of Troy. We will see the replica of the legendary Trojan Horse. The next stop of the day is the ancient city of Pergamon. Here, we will visit the ancient Asclepion Medical Centre. We are spending the night at our hotel in Izmir.

Day 5
Admire the Ruins of Ephesus and on to Pamukkale
On the 5th day, we are hitting the road again once more to discover the ancient city of Ephesus. We will have the chance to stroll through the ruins of the ancient Greek city, walk along the marble streets, get mesmerized by the magical façade of the Library of Celcus, the Temple of Hadrian and the grand amphitheater. We will stop by at the House of Virgin Mary at Mt. Koressos,. At last, we are arriving to Pamukkale to see the most exquisite natural wonders, the travertine terraces. We are checking in to our hotel to gain some energy for our big day ahead.

Day 6
Onwards to Hierapolis and Konya
After the breakfast, we are checking out from the hotel. Our next stop is the ancient city of Hierapolis, where we will take a tour along the memory lane. Later on, we are continuing to the city of whirling dervishes, Konya.

Day 7
Continue to Cappadocia
After the breakfast, we are visiting the Museum and Mausoleum of Mevlana, who is a well-known Sufi mystic around the world. On our way to Cappadocia, we are stopping by to admire a 13th century caravanserai. It used to serve as a hotel back in the day, for travelers who were in long journeys. We are learning about the art of pottery-making in Avanos. In order to recharge ourselves for our bid adventure, we are heading to our hotel and take a good rest.

Day 8
A Day to Explore Spectacular Goreme
On our second day in Cappadocia, we will get to visit Goreme Open Museum and admire the amazing natural wonders, rock-carved churches. We are also discovering the Pasabagi and Kizilvadi Valleys to take in the best views of the astonishing fairy chimneys. On the route of ancient Silk Road, we are having the opportunity to unravel the mysteries of the underground city of Saratli. We will also take a peak at the art of carpet weaving and see some of the best examples of hand-woven carpets. At the end of the day, we are having a delicious dinner and take a good rest.

Day 9
Return to Istanbul
On the 9th day, we are back at where we started: in beautiful Istanbul. You have a free day to indulge yourself in the best way. You can discover the Spice Market, tour the historical Sultanahmet neighborhood, join to a Bosphorus tour to soak in all the amazing scenery of Istanbul. Gaze at the two continents, that are bound with a bridge between Asia and Europe. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner accompanied by your fellow companions and our tour guide.

Day 10
Farewell Istanbul
After a 10 day full of joy, peace and adventure it is now time to say goodbye to this beautiful country. Following the check out from the hotel, we are transferring you to the airport. You will return your home with great memories to remember for a lifetime.

Included/Excluded

  • Accommodation ( 5 or 4 Star Hotels )
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 7 dinners
  • All transport
  • Professional tour guide
  • Tips

Tour's Location

Reviews

5/5
Based on 4 reviews
Guide
5 /5
Transportation
4.8 /5
Value for money
5 /5
Safety
5 /5
Discover Turkey’s Hidden Gems

Tia

June 21, 2021

Magic

Absolutely incredible, istambul.com is our number one choice for exploring Turkey.
Discover Turkey’s Hidden Gems

Edna

June 21, 2021

Super interesting

Turkey is beautiful and interesting! Great experience to see Turkey, culture, food and more. Good job istambul.com, thank you.
Discover Turkey’s Hidden Gems

Rachel

June 21, 2021

Overall a great trip!

Well planned and on time daily. The tour guide provides great insights on each places. Hotels were amazing. Food was good.
Discover Turkey’s Hidden Gems

Nadia

June 21, 2021

Lovely Turkey

I loved this tour and fell in love with Turkey. Hotels were excellent. Tour guide, driver and other team members were amazing. Thank you.
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