Tour Route: Istanbul Pamukkale Kusadasi Ephesus Cappadocia Istanbul
Embark on the Best of Turkey Tour for an unforgettable journey through the country’s most iconic destinations. Begin in Istanbul, where you’ll cruise along the beautiful Bosphorus, explore the historic European and Asian sides of the city, and visit the renowned landmarks such as Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, and Hagia Sophia. Continue your adventure to Pamukkale, where you’ll marvel at the stunning terraces of travertine and immerse yourself in the ancient thermal pools. Explore the ancient city of Ephesus, home to fascinating ruins and the sacred site of the Virgin Mary. Finally, venture to the enchanting region of Cappadocia, known for its unique rock formations, underground cities, and hot air balloon rides. This tour showcases the best of Turkey’s cultural heritage, historical sites, and natural wonders, leaving you with lasting memories of this diverse and captivating country.
Welcome to the mesmerizing city of Istanbul. Upon your arrival, you will be warmly greeted at the airport and whisked away to your hotel in the comfort of a private car. Take in the sights and sounds of this vibrant metropolis as you make your way to your accommodation. Prepare to immerse yourself in the rich history, cultural diversity, and captivating beauty that Istanbul has to offer. Enjoy a restful overnight stay at your hotel in Istanbul.
Embark on a captivating full-day Istanbul Old City day tour, exploring the fascinating history and cultural treasures of this enchanting city. After a delightful breakfast, meet your knowledgeable tour guide in the hotel lobby and prepare for an immersive experience. Begin your adventure at the historic Hippodrome, once a vibrant center of Byzantine entertainment. Marvel at the architectural marvels of the iconic Blue Mosque, renowned for its intricate tile work and breathtaking design. Step into the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, a true masterpiece of Byzantine architecture that will leave you in awe. Discover the hidden gem of Hagia Irene Church, with its serene atmosphere and captivating ancient history. Continue your journey as you explore the magnificent Topkapi Palace, the former residence of Ottoman sultans (please note that the Harem side is not included). Immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s oldest and largest covered markets. Learn about its rich history and cultural significance, spanning over 30,000 square meters and boasting more than 4,000 shops. Get lost in the enchanting labyrinth of stalls, hone your bargaining skills, and experience the bustling energy of this vibrant marketplace. After a day filled with exploration and discovery in Istanbul’s old city tour, retreat to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Legend: B – L
Enjoy a leisurely morning in Istanbul, with the opportunity to explore the city at your own pace. In the afternoon, join our expert tour guide for an unforgettable half-day Istanbul tour. Embark on a mesmerizing Istanbul Bosphorus cruise and be captivated by the enchanting beauty of Istanbul. As you sail along the Bosphorus, marvel at the majestic Bosphorus Bridge that connects two continents, and admire the iconic landmarks such as Ortakoy, Rumeli Fortress, and the charming Bosphorus houses, all gleaming in the sparkling waters. Discover the architectural masterpiece of Beylerbeyi Palace, with its exquisite design and rich history. Then, ascend to Camlica Hill to witness breathtaking panoramic views of the city, a truly awe-inspiring sight. Immerse yourself in the magic of Istanbul’s Bosphorus and create cherished memories on this remarkable journey. After the Istanbul Bosphorus cruise, we will transfer you back to your hotel, where you can relax and unwind. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay in Istanbul, ready to continue your exploration of this captivating city.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Istanbul Airport by private car. Board a flight from Istanbul to Denizli. Upon arrival in Denizli, you will be transferred to Pamukkale by private car. Once you reach Pamukkale, check-in at your hotel and meet your tour guide in the hotel lobby for a full-day Pamukkale tour. Start your day with a delicious lunch in Pamukkale. Embark on a mesmerizing day trip to Pamukkale and be captivated by the surreal beauty of the Pamukkale travertines. These natural terraces, known as the “cotton castle,” are formed by mineral-rich thermal waters. Explore the ancient city of Hierapolis, where history and myth intertwine. Marvel at the grandeur of the Hierapolis amphitheater and wander through the ancient Necropolis. Don’t miss the opportunity to relax in the soothing waters of the Hierapolis ancient pool, once enjoyed by Roman princesses. Remember to bring your swimwear as you may have time to swim in the antique thermal pool (please note that entrance fees for the pool are additional). Immerse yourself in the wonders of Pamukkale on this unforgettable day tour. After the Pamukkale tour, you will be transferred to a hotel in Kusadasi where you will enjoy an overnight stay. (the transfer will take about 2 hours)
Legend: B – L
After enjoying a delicious breakfast, gather at your hotel lobby to meet your tour guide for a full-day Ephesus tour. Step into the captivating world of Ephesus and immerse yourself in the wonders of this ancient city. Marvel at the impressive Ephesus Ancient City as you stroll through its historic streets, following in the footsteps of past civilizations. Be amazed by the grandeur of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Discover the architectural marvel of the Library of Celsus and let your imagination transport you to a time of intellectual enlightenment. Stand in awe at the Ephesus Great Theatre, where the ancient performances once mesmerized audiences. Visit the sacred House of Virgin Mary, a place of pilgrimage and serenity. According to tradition, Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent her last years in Ephesus together with St. John. The House of Virgin Mary holds great significance in both Catholic and Orthodox beliefs. Immerse yourself in the rich history and beauty of Ephesus on this unforgettable day tour. After a full day exploring Ephesus, you will be transferred back to your hotel for a well-deserved rest. Enjoy an overnight stay in Kusadasi.
Legend: B – L
Following a satisfying breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in a private car for your flight to Cappadocia. (Please note that depending on your travel date, there might be a possibility of a stopover in Istanbul). Upon arrival in Cappadocia, you will be greeted and transferred to your unique cave hotel in the comfort of a private car. Enjoy a memorable overnight stay in the captivating region of Cappadocia.
After a delightful breakfast, embark on a mesmerizing full-day Cappadocia tour, where the wonders of this unique region await you. Explore the enchanting northern part of Cappadocia, home to the awe-inspiring fairy chimneys. Marvel at the surreal landscapes of Devrent Valley and Pasabag, where nature’s artistry is on full display. Immerse yourself in the charm of Avanos, renowned for its exquisite pottery craftsmanship, and witness the ancient treasures at the Göreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. End your day with a visit to the magnificent Uchisar Castle, the grandest fairy chimney in the area, offering panoramic vistas of the breathtaking surroundings. After a day filled with awe and discovery on the Cappadocia tour, return to your hotel for a restful overnight stay in cave hotel.
Legend: B – L
Please note that; you have the option to enhance your Turkey trip with an unforgettable experience: a Cappadocia hot air balloon ride. Soar above the enchanting landscapes of Cappadocia as you witness the surreal beauty from above. Marvel at the fairy chimneys, ancient rock formations, and breathtaking valleys as the sun rises over the horizon. To ensure availability, we recommend reserving your Cappadocia hot air balloon ride before your Turkey trip begins. Let us know if you would like to include this extraordinary experience in your itinerary!
After enjoying a hearty breakfast, get ready for a full day of exploration with a captivating Cappadocia tour. On the second day of the tour, we will delve into the southern part of Cappadocia, where a world of wonders awaits. Prepare to be amazed by the vibrant and picturesque landscapes of Red Valley, adorned with stunning rock formations. As we venture deeper into this magical region, we will have the opportunity to visit the renowned rock-cut churches and immerse ourselves in their rich history. A hike through the captivating fairy chimneys will leave you in awe of their unique beauty and charm. Don’t miss the chance to explore the ancient Cavusin village, formerly known as the Greek village, and witness its intriguing architecture and cultural heritage. The tour also includes a visit to the mesmerizing underground city of Kaymakli or Derinkuyu, where you can marvel at the intricate network of tunnels and chambers. Finally, our journey concludes with a visit to the rock-cut Ortahisar Castle, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. After an unforgettable day in Cappadocia, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival, our team will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel, where you can relax and reflect on the incredible experiences of the day. Overnight, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the comfort of your accommodation in Istanbul.
Legend: B – L
Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to the airport according your flight. TOUR ENDS!
Please note that; this itinerary is fully customizable, allowing you to personalize your trip according to your preferences. You have the flexibility to adjust the pace of the trip by incorporating rest days in the destinations of your choice. Additionally, you can extend your journey by adding extra sightseeing days at any point along the route. This way, you can fully tailor the trip to meet your specific needs and make the most out of your travel experience. Let us know your preferences, and we will be happy to assist you in creating a unique and memorable itinerary!
“At Turkey Travel Center, we meticulously select and present our customers with a collection of exceptional hotels. These hotels are not only personally familiar to us, but we also assess them based on the valuable feedback shared by our previous guests. Our preference lies in handpicked boutique hotels, ideally located in near the city center, each boasting its own unique charm. Below, we present a glimpse of some of the remarkable hotels we offer. As Turkey Travel Center, our unwavering commitment is to ensure our customers experience the highest level of comfort and security during their hotel stays. The listed hotels are just a few examples of our portfolio, and we curate similar establishments to provide an equally extraordinary experience for our guests.”