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9-Day Best Turkey Tour to Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus and Pamukkale

Start your 9-day Turkey tour from vibrant Istanbul to admire the exquisite Blue Mosque and dive into Spice Bazaar to be a "local", explore glories of ancient Greek and Roman by strolling through numerous of the ruins of Ephesus, relax in the hot spring of Pamukkale's Cotton Castle, and experience a hot air balloon flight in the enchanting Cappadocia.

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  • What's included :
    • 8x Breakfast
    • 6x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 8 nights
    • Domestic flight fare of Istanbul - Cappadocia - Izmir, Pamukkale - Istanbul
    • Service of English speaking guides per itinerary.
    • Private driver & air-conditioned vehicle
    • Hotel Accommodation based on twin-sharing room
    • Entry/Admission - Hippodrome
    • Entry/Admission - Blue Mosque
    • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
    • Entry/Admission - Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
    • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait
    • Entry/Admission - Goreme Open-Air Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Fairy Chimneys
    • Entry/Admission - Devrent Valley
    • Entry/Admission - Love Valley
    • Entry/Admission - Uchisar Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Red Valley
    • Entry/Admission - Kaymakli Underground City
    • Entry/Admission - The Temple of Artemis
    • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus
    • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
    • Entry/Admission - Isa Bey Mosque
    • Entry/Admission - Hierapolis & Pamukkale
    • Entry/Admission - Pamukkale Thermal Pools
    What's excluded :
    • International flight into and out Istanbul.
    • Turkey Visa Fee
    • Tips or gratuities for guide and driver

  • Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul, Airport Pick-up

    Stop At: Istanbul, Istanbul
    Upon your arrival in Istanbul airport, a local representative will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. After check in, please take a good rest and get ready for your adventure in Turkey!
    Duration: 30 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Fer Hotel (5 stars)

    Day 2: Istanbul Old City tour

    Stop At: Hippodrome, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet ParkI No:2, Istanbul Turkey
    After breakfast, your tour guide will show you around Istanbul, the best of Turkey tours. The first stop will be the ancient Hippodrome of the Byzantine Era.
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkey
    Then visit the Blue Mosque, one of the landmarks of Istanbul, named after its walls that were decorated with more than 20,000 blue and white İznik tiles.
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Hagia Sophia Museum, Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122 Turkey
    You'll also go to Hagia Sophia, Aya Sofya in Turkish, which is a typical religious architecture combining Christian and Islamic style.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey
    After lunch, go sightseeing to Topkapi Palace, the old imperial palace with various relics.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Grand Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
    Later visit the Grand Bazaar, the indoor fair with more than 4,000 shops on 65 streets. It is a must-visit in Istanbul, with a variety of goods, mainly including tea sets, spices, porcelain, carpets, gold and silver jewelry, lamps, and paper arts. Some shops also sell local food, such as doner kebab and Turkish burritos. After the visit, send you back to the hotel.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Fer Hotel (5 stars)

    Day 3: Bosphorus Cruise, Fly to Cappadocia

    Stop At: Misir Carsisi (Spice Market), Rustem Pasa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambari Sok. No:92 Eminonu - Fatih, Istanbul 34116 Turkey
    Today you'll be guided to visit the Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Market, where you can buy the most traditional spices and food of Turkey. Not only tourists, but also locals come here to buy daily necessities and ingredients. So it is a good place to experience the life of Turkish people.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul 34122 Turkey
    Then you will board the ferry to have a 2-hour Bosphorus Cruise. Bosphorus Strait divides Istanbul into two parts, which is also the dividing line of Asia and Europe. On the cruise you can see many attractions on shore, such as Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Bosphorus Bridge and many Ottoman-style buildings.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Cappadocia, Cappadocia
    After the best Turkey tours today, your driver will transfer you to the airport and you will take a flight to Cappadocia. A local driver will pick you up from the airport and transfer to the hotel when you arrive in Cappadocia.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Kayakapi Premium Caves (5 stars)

    Day 4: North Cappadocia tour

    Stop At: Goreme Open-Air Museum, Merkez, Muze Cd., Goreme 50180 Turkey
    After breakfast, your local guide will lead you to have a wonderful North Cappadocia tour. You will visit the Goreme Open Air Museum with more than 30 rock cave churches, which were decorated with exquisite frescoes and some are well preserved with bright colors.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Avanos, Avanos, Cappadocia
    Then you will visit Avanos Valley, a small town famous for making pottery.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Fairy Chimneys, Goreme Turkey
    Later, you will visit the Fairy Chimney Valley, also known as Pasabag Monk Valley. You will have chance to see the famous mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Devrent Valley, Devrent Mevkii No:1 Urgup Yolu, 50500 Turkey
    Proceed to Devrent Valley, where you have plenty of photo opportunities with animal-shaped rock formations. And also visit the Kizilirmak River.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Love Valley, Goreme 50180 Turkey
    On the way back to hotel, you will also pass the Love Valley, where you can take pictures of the magnificent landscapes of Cappadocia in the evening.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Kayakapi Premium Caves (4 stars)

    Day 5: South Cappadocia tour

    Stop At: Uchisar Castle, Uchisar Turkey
    Today you will go sightseeing in South Cappadocia. At first, your guide will take you to Uchisar Castle, which is the highest and largest Fairy Chimney in Cappadocia, and had been a defensive fortress in ancient times.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Red Valley, Nevsehir Ortahisar, Nevsehir 50650 Turkey
    Red Valley was named for the red land and rocks here, where we'll have a 2-hour hiking.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Cavusin, Cavusin, Cappadocia
    Cavusin Village is the ruins and sites of ancient village.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Kaymakli Underground City, Derinkuyu Turkey
    And Kaymakli Underground City is the largest underground city in Cappadocia.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Kayakapi Premium Caves (4 stars)

    Day 6: Fly to Izmir

    Stop At: Izmir, Izmir, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean Coast
    After breakfast, your dirver will pick you up and transfer to the airport. You will fly from Cappadocia to Izmir by yourself. As the direct flight is not available every day, you need to connect flight in Istanbul if there is no direct flight.

    Upon arrival at the Izmir airport, a local driver will be meeting you at the airport exit and transferring you to the hotel in Kusadasi. The rest of this day is to explore the scenic seaside town on your own.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (4 stars)

    Day 7: Ephesus full day tour

    Stop At: The Temple of Artemis, Ataturk, Park Ici Yolu No:12, Selcuk Turkey
    After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up and continue the best Turkey tour packages. First go to Temple of Artemis, one of seven ancient wonders of the world.
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk 35920 Turkey
    Then you will visit Ephesus Ancient City, including Hadrian Temple, Celsus Library, Old Theater and Hamams inside.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Selcuk 35100 Turkey
    After lunch, you will be guided to visit House of the Virgin Mary, where the Virgin Mary last lived.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Isa Bey Mosque, Selcuk Turkey
    At last, visit the old Isabey Mosque. When the day trip ends, you'll be escorted back to the hotel in Kusadasi.
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (4 stars)

    Day 8: Drive to visit Pamukkale, Fly to Istanbul

    Stop At: Pamukkale, Pamukkale
    After breakfast your guide will pick you up at the hotel. Please pack your luggage in advance, because you will fly to Istanbul today and need to check out in the morning. After about 2.5 hours' drive (224KM), you will arrive in Pamukkale. Pumukkale has been famous for its many mineral-rich hot springs since ancient times.
    Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

    Stop At: Hierapolis & Pamukkale, Pamukkale 20280 Turkey
    You will visit firstly Hierapolis Ancient City, once very popular because the royal families and nobles took bath in hot springs and lived here. There is not only a huge open-air theatre, but also a large number of burial areas left for many people enjoyed their old ages here.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Pamukkale Turkey
    Later, you will visit Pamukkale, a natural terrace field full of calcium carbonate and hot spring, known as Cotton Castle for it is as white as white cottons. You can bring your swimsuit as you may have the opportunity to bath in the hot springs or have fun at the Cleopatra Swimming Pool (extra fee applies).
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Istanbul, Istanbul
    After tours today, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival at Istanbul airport, you will be greeted by your driver and transferred the hotel.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Fer Hotel (5 stars)

    Day 9: Departure from Istanbul

    Stop At: Istanbul, Istanbul
    After breakfast, please check out the hotel before 12:00. Your driver will take you to the airport and see you off there.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up all travelers from Istanbul Airport, Turkey.Airports
    • Istanbul Airport, TayakadIn Terminal Street No. 1, Istanbul 34283 Turkey
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia is available. Please let the operator know in advance if you wish to take it for limited seats.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.



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