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From Istanbul to Turkey’s Greatest Hits: 8 Days, 7 Nights Guided Tour

Duration

8 days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

30 people

5/5

Guide Language

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

Overview

Get ready for a 8 days long unforgettable adventure in Turkey’s most famous landmarks like İstanbul Old City, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Hierapolis and Ephesus. Meticulously designed for your maximum comfort, the tour includes airport transfers, accommodations, guided tours in each destination, all entrance fees for the sites mentioned in the itinerary, breakfasts, dinners on stated  nights on itinerary, domestic flights and land transportations between cities with air-conditioned, comfortable vehicles. Discover the old city of İstanbul by visiting the most popular sightseeings like Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar. Along with discovering the mysteries of Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys, you can also enjoy a journey to the past in Kaymakli Underground City, the mesmerizing natural beauties of the area in Devrent Valley with its lunar landscape, some traditional pottery workshops in Avanos and the best panoramic view in the Goreme Open Air Museum. Before arriving Pamukkale’s ancient beauties Hierapolis, Apollo Temple and Necropolis, we will stop by at the city of whirling dervishes -Konya – visit the architectural masterpiece of the Seljuks Sultanhan Caravanserai and the mausoleum of Mevlana, the Sufi mystic mostly known as Rumi worldwide. Last but not least; we will visit Artemis Temple, that is one of the Seven Wonders of Ancient World, Grand Theater of Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary prior to our flight to İstanbul , our last station before home.

 

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Exlore the magical landmarks of İstanbul including Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, and Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar in old city area
  • Discover the natural beauty of Cappadocia including Goreme Open Air Museum, he underground city of Kaymakli Devrent Valley and Avanos
  • Visit Konya, the home of the Whirling Dervishes, Seljukian legacy Sultanhan Caravanserai and the mausoleum of Rumi
  • See Artemis Temple, the Grand Theater of Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary
  • Explore the ancient Greek city of Hierapolis, Apollo Temple and Necropolis
  • Enjoy the private service designed only for you and your loved ones

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul
We are picking you up from the arrivals terminal at Istanbul or Sabiha Gokcen Airport. We are to your accommodation in order for you to have some time to relax in after your flight.


Day 2: Full-Day Istanbul Tour (Breakfast)
After you have breakfast at your hotel, we are picking you up from your accommodation and discover the highlights of Istanbul on a guided tour. We are visiting the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Then we are taking you to the Grand Bazaar for some shopping and bargain hunting. We are taking you to your hotel at the end of the day; so you can get some rest before our big adventure on the next day.

Day 3: Istanbul to Cappadocia by flight & Cappadocia Tour (Breakfast – Dinner)
We are beginning the third day with an early-morning pickup and we are transferring you to Istanbul airport for your flight to the Cappadocia region. Upon arrival in Cappadocia, our tour guide welcomes us at the airport. The first stop in our Cappadocia your is he Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys in Urgup which are the iconic symbol for the region. Then we will descend into the Kaymakli Underground City, which is one of the largest and the deepest of its kind in the region. After the tour, we taking you to your hotel for the night.

Day 4: Full-Day Cappadocia Tour (Breakfast – Dinner)
After we pick you up from your hotel, we are hitting the road to discover the lunar-like landscape of Cappadocia with spectacular rock formations in the Devrent Valley. We are enjoying a delicious lunch in Avanos, the center of terracotta artwork since 3000 BC. We are stopping by to watch a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. In the afternoon, we are visiting the Goreme Open Air Museum and Uchisar Rock Castle to get a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. After the tour, we are returning to our hotel.

Day 5: Cappadocia – Konya – Pamukkale (Breakfast – Dinner)
We are checking out from our hotel early in the morning for our journey to Pamukkale. On our way, we will visit the Seljukian architectural masterpiece of Sultanhan Caravanserai that was built in the 13th century. We are arriving to Konya and visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-famous mystic mostly knows as Rumi. We hit the road once more to continue to our journey to Pamukkale and enjoy an overnight stay in a Thermal Hotel. We are recharging ourselves in our hotel's rejuvenating thermal pools.

Day 6: Pamukkale – Kusadasi (Breakfast – Dinner)
In the morning, we are leaving our hotel and visiting the ancient Greek city of Hierapolis known for its Grand Theater, Apollo Temple, and magnificent Necropolis. After our tour, we are going to Kusadasi for an overnight stay.

Day 7: Kusadasi – Ephesus – Istanbul by flight (Breakfast)
We are departing from Kusadasi and visiting the Artemis Temple which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Then we are arriving to the famous Grand Theater of Ephesus. After Ephesus, we are paying a visit to the Catholic shrine -the House of the Virgin Mary. Located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles from Ephesus, it is said that the Virgin Mary lived here for the remainder of her life after Christ's Ascension into heaven. We are driving to Izmir airport for our flight back to Istanbul. Upon our return to Istanbul, we are meeting our representative and we are being transferred to our hotel for the night.

Day 8: Departure from Istanbul (Breakfast)
After breakfast at the hotel, we are checking out enjoying a private transfer to Istanbul airport for our flight back home to complete the 8-day excursion.
Prepare for the activity
What to bring
Comfortable shoes
Sunglasses
Sun hat

Know before you go
• It is recommended that you wear comfortable low-heeled shoes and casual clothing
• Please note that Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is closed on Sundays, the Spice Market will be visited on Sundays instead of Grand Bazaar

Not suitable for
People with heart problems
Wheelchair users
Pickup included
Pick ups from Istanbul Airport ( IST ) and Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport ( SAW ) and any hotel located in Istanbul

Included/Excluded

  • Pickup and drop-off from/to Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport
  • 7 nights accommodation based on bed and breakfast ( 5 or 4 Star Hotels )
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners
  • Professional licensed English and Spanish-speaking guides
  • All entrance fees to the sites stated in the itinerary
  • All airport transfers
  • All transportation by air-conditioned private vehicle
  • Domestic flight tickets from Istanbul to Cappadocia and Izmir to Istanbul
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Tour's Location

Reviews

5/5
Based on 6 reviews
Guide
5 /5
Transportation
4.8 /5
Value for money
5 /5
Safety
5 /5
Discover Turkey’s Hidden Gems

Laura

June 15, 2021

A great experience

Itinerary was perfect. Places to see were great.
Discover Turkey’s Hidden Gems

Melissa

June 15, 2021

Good value for money

Very good experience of a well organised tour.
Discover Turkey’s Hidden Gems

Adel

June 15, 2021

Awesome service

Awesome services, awesome Tour guide. The right historical places and we loved food. The best hotels, driving and airport service.
Discover Turkey’s Hidden Gems

Rosa

June 15, 2021

Well organized tour

I enjoyed the tour. It was fun and a great learning experience.
Discover Turkey’s Hidden Gems

Mira

June 15, 2021

Best itinerary of Turkey

It was a fantastic trip, very interesting, great country, very diverse. The tour guidewas interesting and informative, the driver was excellent and very helpful.
Discover Turkey’s Hidden Gems

Lin

June 15, 2021

Memorable trip experience

Very well planned itinerary. Good accomodation, well planned. Enjoyed the hidden gems. Recommended.
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