Best of Turkey: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus and beyond

  • 11 Days , 5 Cities
Turkish lifestyle is a vivid mosaic, juxtaposing the West and the East, the modern and the ancient. Also, life in Turkey is a rich variety of cultures and traditions, some dating back centuries and others or more recent heritage.
  • DAY 1

    Welcome to Istanbul, Turkey

    Arrive at Istanbul Airport and transfer to hotel. 

    Istanbul is a historical and fascinating city built on two Continents divided by the Bosphorus Strait, and the largest and most popular city of Turkey. Istanbul is also the biggest cultural and financial center of Turkey that offers an unforgettable experience for its travelers, with its colorful daily city life and dynamic nightlife.

    What's included?

    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 2

    Istanbul

    After breakfast a full-day excursion in Istanbul including the Hagia Sophia Church with its Byzantine mosaics; the Blue Mosque famous for its interior tiles; the Byzantine Hippodrome where horses and chariots raced once upon a time; Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans for about 400 years and Grand Bazaar with more than 4,000 shops. Lunch during visits. Stay at the hotel in Istanbul.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 3

    Fly to Ankara and Visit The Anatolian Civilization Museum

    After breakfast check out for the Ankara flight. Upon arrival, visit the Anatolian Civilization Museum in the Citadel, where archaeological pieces dating as far back as the Prehistoric Age are exhibited; the Mausoleum of Ataturk, where the founder of the Turkish Republic lies. After lunch in Ankara depart for Cappadocia via Salt Lake. Dinner at hotel in Cappadocia.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
    • Flight Flight
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  • DAY 4

    Cappadocia

    After breakfast a see the natural citadel of Uchisar for its magnificent panorama of these unusual formations; then visit the Underground City of Kaymakli, built in the 7th century by Christians fleeing from persecution, in which a visitor can descend several floor levels. After lunch, visit the Göreme Open Air Museum and the Rock churches with Byzantine frescoes, the Pasabag Valley with so-called “fairy chimneys”, and finally Avanos Village famous for its pottery and handicrafts. Dinner at the hotel.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 5

    Visit The Mausoleum of Mevlana in Konya

    Departure for Konya to visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, founder of Whirling Dervish sect. Lunch en route to Pamukkale. Arrive in Pamukkale in the evening. Dinner at the hotel.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 6

    Explore the Antique Cities Hierapolis and Aphrodisias

    After breakfast at hotel, proceed to Hierapolis, and visit to the antique city’s Roman and early Christian remains with the largest “Necropolis” in Asia Minor, and Pamukkale’s thermal natural-pools. Continue to Aphrodisias, lunch upon arrival, and then a visit to the antique city dedicated to Aphrodite, seeing also a well preserved stadium and theater. Continue to Kusadasi. Dinner at the hotel in Kusadasi.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 7

    Admire Ephesus Ruins, The Temple of Artemis and The Shrine of Virgin Mary

    After breakfast, visit the Ephesus Ruins with its beautiful Library and largest theater in Asia Minor; the Ephesus Museum with a great collection of findings from Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis; and the Shrine of Virgin Mary. After lunch return to Kusadasi.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 8

    Discover Antique Cities The Pergamum and Troy

    After breakfast depart for Pergamum. Lunch and visit the Pergamum Antique City, visiting the Asclepium Sanctuary and the Acropolis with magnificent views. A visit to Troy on the way where the famous Trojan War took place. Dinner at the hotel.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 9

    Visit The Famous World War I Battlefields in Gallipoli

    After breakfast, depart for Istanbul, cross Dardanelles by a ferry. Visit Gallipoli battlefields, the famous World War I frontline with war memorials. Lunch en route. Arrive at a hotel in Istanbul. Dinner at guests’ expense.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Cruise Cruise
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  • DAY 10

    Enjoy the Bosphorus Cruise

    After Breakfast, enjoying the Bosphorus cruise is a great way to discover the beauty of Turkey from a completely different perspective, and tour the Asian Side of Istanbul.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
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  • DAY 11

    Istanbul (Departure)

    After breakfast transfer to Istanbul airport. End of services.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Transfer Transfer
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Starting from $ per person

Price per person in double occupancy
The rate is based on 4-star accommodation
Price excluding international flights
This trip is customizable for your private travel.

Whats Included?

  • 10 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All services on a private basis
  • All services by deluxe non-smoking A/C minivan
  • Entrance fees to all mentioned sites and museums
  • Professional English-speaking guides/assistance for all services
  • Road tolls, parking fees

 

Sightseeing Highlights Included

  • Full-day excursion in Istanbul including the Hagia Sophia Church, the Blue Mosque, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar with more than 4,000 shops.
  • Visit the Anatolian Civilization Museum in the Citadel, the Mausoleum of Ataturk, where the founder of the Turkish Republic lies.
  • Sea Salt Lake.
  • Visit world-famous, Cappadocia; see the natural citadel of Uchisar,
  • Explore the Underground City of Kaymakli, the Göreme Open Air Museum and the Rock churches with Byzantine frescoes, the Pasabag Valley with so-called “fairy chimneys”, and finally Avanos Village famous for its pottery and handicrafts.
  • Head to Konya to visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana.
  • Visit Hierapolis, and a visit to the antique city’s Roman and early Christian remains with the larger “Necropolis” in Asia Minor and Pamukkale’s thermal natural pools.
  • Visit Aphrodisias.
  • Discover the popular town of Kusadasi.
  • Visit the Ephesus Ruins and Ephesus museum with a great collection of findings from Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis and the Shrine of the Virgin Mary.
  • Depart for Pergamum and visit the Pergamum Antique City, visiting the Asclepium Sanctuary and the Acropolis’s magnificent views.
  • Visit Gallipoli battlefields, the famous World War I frontline with war memorials.
  • Enjoy the Bosphorus Cruise

 

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