Turkey Late Summer Offer Tour is designed to showcase some of Turkeys's best holiday destinations. The tour starts in Istanbul, Turkey's most popular city blending a wealth of culture and history. here you will find over 3000 mosques, the incredible Hagia Sophia, a Grand Bazaar that can take a few days to explore all corners and streets. We then take you away to Kusadasi, a coastal town not to be missed. Time permitting, explore its Pigeon Island with its incredible panoramic view. Continue to Cappadocia: blessed with natural and archeological wonders
At a glance
|Day 1||Arrive Istanbul. Meet and transfer to your hotel|
|Day 2||Full day Istanbul Tour. Flight to Izmir/Kusadasi|
|Day 3||Full day Pamukkale Tour incl. lunch|
|Day 4||Full day Ephesus Tour incl. lunch. Flight to Cappadocia|
|Day 5||North Cappadocia tour incl. lunch|
|Day 6||South Cappadocia tour incl. lunch. Flight to Istanbul|
|Day 7||Transfer to Istanbul Airport. End of tour|
> Daily departures
> Tours with professional English speaking guides including entrance fees
> Arrival and departure transfers in Istanbul, Izmir and Cappadocia
> Visit the ancient Greek city of Ephesus with its unique biblical history
> Spend the day in Pamukkale, known for its mineral-rich thermal waters and once a famous Roman Spa city
> Two days in Cappadocia exploring its most important geological, historical and cultural sites
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
Ephesus - Cappadocia (B/L)
- Morning pick-up from your hotel and travel to the beautiful city of Ephesus is a gem of the Greek, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. Its rich history will take you back in time and you will learn why this city was so important in the past.
- On this tour, you will visit all the ancient sites of the best preserved and restored ancient city in Turkey.
- The Grand Theater is believed to be the largest theater in the Ancient World with a sitting capacity of 44,000 spectators.
- Here you will see the ruins of the famous Temple of Artemis which was once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
- The fascinating façade of the Library of Celsus has been carefully reconstructed from the original pieces. The library was built by Celsus’ son and once held more than 12,000 scrolls
- After a delicious lunch of Turkish cuisine, we will visit the House of the Blessed Virgin. It is believed that Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent the last days of her life here.
- The beautiful Basilica of St. John was built in the 6th century, over the site of the Apostle’s tomb
- Transfer to Izmir Airport for onward flight to Cappadocia
Cappadocia - North tour (B/L)
- Today we explore the spectacular natural valleys and rock formations of northern Cappadocia, together with some of its most important historic sites, the North Cappadocia Red tour covers the highlights of this famous region.
- Accompanied by an expert, local guide, you will have time to wander through its magnificent landscapes and witness ancient frescoes that combine to make Cappadocia a UNESCO World Heritage-listed destination. Visit: Goreme Open Air Museum, Pasabag and Monkey Valley, Devrent Valley and Pottery workshop. End of the tour with a stop at the Three Beauties near Urgup. The three fairy chimneys are the most famous natural symbol of Cappadocia
- Return to your hotel for overnight
Cappadocia South Tour - Istanbul (B/L)
- Your journey to the heart of south Cappadocia begins at your hotel. Board your AC Vehicle destined for Derinkuyu Underground City.
- Your guide will provide you with history-rich information on Derinkuyu Underground City, the largest excavated city in Turkey. Tour of the subterranean community, see churches, kitchens, and water wells formerly used to support the existence of more than 20,000 people.
- Then, continue to Ilhara Valley and embark on a 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) hike along a route formed thousands of years ago by the Melendiz River. Stop for a traditional Turkish lunch. Travel to Pigeon Valley to enjoy panoramic valley views and discover how the valley acquired its interesting name.
- Your final stop is a lookout point in Goreme, from where you’ll absorb views of Cappadocia’s lunar landscapes and unique rock formations. Conclude your tour with drop-off at the Airport for return flight to Istanbul
- You are met on arrival for transfer to your hotel
- 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 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 01 AUG and 15 OCT 2018
- Seasonal supplements may be applicable