The Turkey Dream tour has no long bus rides just domestic flights getting you to your destination comfortable and relaxed. It is the best tour of Turkey when you have limited time. Visit Istanbul - Kusadasi - Ephesus – Pamukkale and back to Istanbul by domestic flight. An exquisite tour for you with all the bells and whistles.
Local tours are with professional local guides and include entrance fees.
At a glance
|Day 1||Welcome to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel|
|Day 2||Full Day Istanbul Tour|
|Day 3||Bosphorus cruise and flight to Izmir/Kusadasi|
|Day 4||Full day Ephesus and Turkish Village Tour|
|Day 5||Depart for Pamukkale and tour the Calcium terraces|
|Day 6||Return flight to Istanbul. End of tour|
> Daily departures
> Full day tour in Istanbul visiting Palaces, Mosques and Bazaar
> Magical morning cruise on the Bosphorus
> Visit Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient in Turkey
> Wander around Sirince in Anatolian Greek styled village
> Take some time checking out a leather factory and a carpet weaving center
> Swim in a Thermal Pool in Pamukkale
Best time to go
The best times to visit Turkey’s archaeological sites and cities are in spring (Apr-May) and autumn (Sep-Oct) as the temperature is warm, but not too hot.
High summer (Jun-Aug) can be hot: best time for beach holidays. Winters can be cold and many hotels though city breaks are still an option. Turkey does offer ski options during the winter months
Turkey food & drink
Turkish food is varied and delicious. It’s often meze style – lots of small dishes to sample, including aubergine dips, calamari, borek (stuffed pastries), mashed broad beans and stuffed vine leaves – plenty of options for vegetarians, too. Local food involves a lot of meat, often in kebab form – the smell of charcoal-grilled beef, lamb and chicken permeates Turkey.
A Turkish menu includes wonderful loaves of bread, super-sweet baklava (pistachio and syrup pastry) and salty white cheeses. Despite being a Muslim country, alcohol is easy to find in Turkey, especially in the touristy coastal regions. Efes is the Turkish beer of choice. Raki, grape spirit, is potent.
Turkish coffee is pitch black, very strong and often sweet. Tea is widely drunk and served black
Culture and Language
Turkish is the official language, however, English, French and German are widely spoken in all major cities and tourist areas. Shaking hands is the common form of greetings. Hospitability is a top priority. Pointing fingers at a person a considered rude. Declining an offer is done by putting your hand over your heart. Observe dress code when visiting Islamic sites
Train travel is a very popular mode of transport between the major cities. It may be slow but can sometimes offer you some inspiring scenic moments. Coach travel is the most used way of getting around Turkey. Bus routes are relatively cheap and are most comfortable. Just about any city is connected by coach. On certain upmarket coaches, extra legroom and Wi-Fi is offered. If your journey is more than 5 hrs, a 30-minute stop is made about every three hours. Taking a taxi is by far the most convenient way of travel in major cities, but not always the quickest way. Taxis can easily be hailed on the street. Important: only take the official bright yellow taxis. If they do not have a meter, then it is a no go
The basic rule is: tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafes and bars. Hotel staff does, however, expect a tip between 5 and 20 Turkish Lira. Do not tip taxi drivers but round up the fare. Tour Guides do not depend on tips, however, if a tour has really gone beyond what your expected, a tip of between 20 and 30 Tl will be greatly appreciated
The religious and historical importance of the city of Ephesus shines through on this guided tour. As the place where Saint John wrote his Gospel and also where the world’s largest ancient library was built, the library of Celsus, visitors will enjoy retracing the steps of Roman citizens through the public bathhouse, terraced houses, amphitheater, and marketplace. The tour also includes a visit to the house of the Virgin Mary and one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, the Temple of Artemis.
Pamukkale means cotton castle. There are two reasons why the area is named as a cotton castle. One reason the white cliffs look like a castle made of white cotton, the other reason is that the area houses lots of cotton processing factories.
Natural thermal springs which have a high density of chalk inside formed glacier looking terraces on the areas where flowed for thousands of years. It is a unique site, only to be found in Turkey
Ancient Hierapolis was founded by the Pergamon Kingdom. Due to the existence of thermal waters which healed people. Thousands of patients came to the area to get cured. The ones who were not able to be cured died and buried in the area. Today the site has the largest ancient necropolis. The number of thumbs like sarcophagi excavated is over 1600. The total number is expected to be over 3000. St. Philip the apostle lived in the city and martyred during the persecution time to the Christians. This is a must see site for travelers.
Istanbul Arrival Day (D)
- Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel.
- You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul.
- Early check-in is subject to availability.
- Overnight in Istanbul.
There are two airports in Istanbul.
- Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from city center and;
- Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center.
- Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included. If you arrive at Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates.
Istanbul City Tour (B-L-D)
- Pick up at 08:30 am from your hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul city.
- Visit St. Sophia; this ancient basilica; built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century; is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
- Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque; across from St. Sophia; built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet; is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
- The Ancient Hippodrome; the scene of chariot races; with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius; the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
- Lunch break at 13:00 pm
- After lunch, the Tour Guide will take you to the Grand Covered Bazaar. In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then than0 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths' street; the carpet sellers; Turkish arts and crafts; such as hand painted ceramic plates; hand-honed copper-ware; brass-ware and trays; water ewers; onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes.
- After the tour; transfer back to your hotel.
- Overnight in Istanbul.
Bosphorus Cruise and flight to Izmir (B-L-D)
- After breakfast depart for the Bosphorus Cruise tour.
- Enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosphorus Boat Cruise and Spice Market Tour starting at 08:30.
- Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar).
- Bosphorus by Boat; a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia.
- Lunch break at a Turkish restaurant.
- After lunch depart for Istanbul Ataturk airport for domestic flight to Izmir.
- Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Kusadasi.
- Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Domestic Airfares (subject to conditions)
- Accommodation in selected hotels in double/twin sharing
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English speaking Guide
- Entrance fees
- International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Turkey Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 15 APR and 15 OCT 2018
- Seasonal supplements may be applicable