Turkey – Istanbul, Ephesus and Cappadocia

  • 7 Days , 2 Cities
  • From $2,210
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Thousands of years ago, a group of ancient volcanoes, Mount Erciyes, Mount Hasan, and Mount Melendiz, spewed out layer upon layer of thick tuff, which blanketed the countryside for miles. Over the centuries, the wind and rain worked their magic on the soft rock, carving out spectacular gorges and leaving behind the dramatic pinnacles of rock – the ‘fairy chimneys’ – that have created the Cappadocian moonscape.
Countries Visited Turkey
Places Visited İstanbul
Suggested Duration 7 days
Travel Styles Cultural Tours
  • DAY 1

    Welcome to Istanbul, Turkey

    Welcome to the Istanbul!

    Upon arrival, meet with your driver and transfer to your accommodating hotel. Spend the day at leisure to relax and rest after your overseas flight in this astonishing city.

    What's included?

    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 2

    Istanbul - Full day city tour

    After breakfast, pick up from the hotel and the journey begins in Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. We’ll visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque, and Hippodrome where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping.

    Overnight at your hotel in Istanbul.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 3

    Istanbul - Continue your journey

    After breakfast, pick up from the hotel. First visit Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar): The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme, and several other herbs and spices. Later we will join a boat trip on the Bosphorus, a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. Afternoon visit. Underground cistern. 

    Overnight at your hotel in Istanbul.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 4

    Kusadasi - Visit  the Artemission Temple and Ephesus

    Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Istanbul airport for the morning flight to Izmir. Arrive at Izmir Airport, meet your guide, and drive to Ephesus (45 minutes drive). First, visit  the Artemission Temple, one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Continue to Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionia and one of the best-preserved classical cities of the Eastern Mediterranean dating back to 2000 years. After the Ephesus visit, you can see some traditional carpet weaving techniques and enjoy viewing some splendid displays of beautiful carpets at the local handicrafts center.   Afternoon, visit the House of Virgin Mary. This house is located in the Aladag Mountains, 5 miles from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council of 431 in Ephesus, it claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until she died in 48 A.D. Transfer to a hotel overnight.

    Overnight at your hotel in Kusadasi.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 5

    Cappadocia - Explore the Fairy Chimneys, Pigeons Valley and Underground City

    Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Izmir airport for morning flight to Cappadocia (via Istanbul)

    Arrive at Kayseri airport, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. The afternoon begins your tour in Cappadocia. The first meeting is with Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys in Urgup which are famous as they appear on all Cappadocia advertisements. Then we head on to Pigeons Valley; later we’ll descend into the center of the earth in the Kaymakli Underground City one of the largest and the deepest of 200 others in Cappadocia. After the tour program transfer to your hotel.

    Overnight in a cave hotel in Cappadocia.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
    • Cruise/Boat Cruise/Boat
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  • DAY 6

    Cappadocia - Discover the Chimneys and Devrent Valley

    After breakfast, take our second day private Cappadocia tour. Drive to Devrent Valley, take a walk through this lunar landscape where different rock formations can be seen. After seeing the best examples of the fairy chimneys at Pasabag Fairy Chimneys Valley, we drive further to Avanos Town, which is famous for tile and pottery workshops. After lunch, our next stop is the Goreme Open Air Museum where you will enjoy the fantastic rock churches and beautiful frescoes from various centuries decorating the walls of the churches. Then we drive to the Uchisar Rock Castle, which is the highest and the most dominant point, giving us a breathtaking panorama. We end the day visiting Esentepe Windy Hill for a panoramic view and taking photos. Transfer to the airport for a flight back to Istanbul.

    Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to the hotel for overnight in Istanbul.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 7

    Depart to Istanbul Airport

    Today is the final day in our journey. Morning is your to relax and have breakfast until your departure. Later, check-out at noon and private transfer to Istanbul Airport for your departure flight.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Transfer Transfer
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Starting from $2,210 per person

Price per person in double occupancy
The rate is based on 4-star/ Boutique Class accommodation
Price excluding international flights
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What’s Included?

  • 6 nights accommodation at 4* / Boutique class  central hotel
    3 nights in Istanbul

    1 night in Kusadasi
    1 night in Cappadocia
    1 night in Istanbul
  • BB accommodation in Istanbul, Kusadasi, and Cappadocia  
  • Transfers & Transportation by private vehicle  (Mercedes Vito)
  • Domestic flights Istanbul – Izmir &  Izmir – Kayseri  in economy class
  • Professional English-speaking guide services.
  • Entrance fees to the museums/sites (as mentioned in your program)

Sightseeing Highlights Included

  • City tour in Istanbul is the only city situated on two continents. Visit the magnificent Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque, and the Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place.
  • Visit the Grand Bazaar
  • Explore Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) for shopping: The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme, and several other herbs and spices.
  • Excursion by boat on the Bosphorus along the waterway separating Europe and Asia.
  • Visit the Underground cistern.
  • Visit the Artemission Temple, one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World.
  • Explore Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionia and one of the best-preserved classical cities of the Eastern Mediterranean, dating back to 2000 years.
  • Visit House of Virgin Mary; at the third Ecumenical Council of 431 in Ephesus, claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until she died in 48 A.D.
  • Discover Cappadocia and meet with Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys in Urgup
  • Discover the Pigeons Valley and descend into the earth’s center in the Kaymakli Underground City. 
  • Visit Devrent Valley, Pasabag Fairy Chimneys Valle, and Avanos Town, famous for tile and pottery workshops.
  • Explore the Goreme  Open  Air  Museum, where you will enjoy the fantastic rock churches and beautiful frescoes from various centuries decorating the walls of the churches.
  • Visit Uchisar Rock Castle, the highest and the most dominant point.
  • Esentepe Windy Hill is for a panoramic view and taking photos.

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