During the Wonderful Turkey tour, you will stand in awe before the blue Iznik tiles of the Blue Mosque, cruise along the Bosporus, see the sultans’ treasury and be amazed walking through the Grand Bazaar, housing more than 4000 shops.
Discover a virtual treasure trove of relics, ruins, and remnants of the roots of modern civilization on this Turkey Tour. Explore Cappadocia’s ancient rock-cut dwellings and vast underground cities, complete with stables, markets, and churches. Visit world-renowned archaeological sites including the House of the Virgin Mary, Temple of Hadrian, Celsius Library, and the Great Theatre of Ephesus plus Hierapolis.
Cosmopolitan cities brimming with modern delights, archaeological sites filled with ancient splendor, curious landscapes straight out of a storybook and picture-perfect coastlines frequented by the jet set… this is tantalizing Turkey! Visitors won’t be able to forget traveling through this exotic land which sits at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, yet displays a fair bit of Middle Eastern flair.
If you are looking for something special and extraordinary then look no further. The best tour in Turkey, including Istanbul – Kusadasi – Ephesus – Pamukkale & Cappadocia. This an exquisite tour for you with all the bells and whistles. There are no long bus rides just domestic flights getting you to your destination comfortable and relaxed.
At a glance
|Day 1||Welcome to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel|
|Day 2||Full Day Istanbul tour.|
|Day 3||Bosphorus Cruise. Flight to Izmir|
|Day 4||Full day Tour to Pamukkale|
|Day 5||Ephesus tour. Flight to Cappadocia|
|Day 6||South Cappadocia tour|
|Day 7||Return flight to Istanbul. End of tour|
> Daily departures
> Tours with professional English speaking guides
> Entrance fees are included
> Domestic flights between Istanbul - Izmir - Cappadocia - Istanbul
> Full day sightseeing tour in Istanbul visiting Palaces, Mosques and Bazaars
> Walk along ancient Romans roads in Ephesus, once the 4th largest city of the Roman Empire
> Spend some time in Pamukkale soaking up the thermal waters
> Two Full day tour in Cappadocia, well-known for the "fairy Chimneys and underground cities
- You will be picked up from your hotel at around 08:00 am for a tour to Pamukkale, a renowned center of natural thermal spring waters with healing properties.
- Due to the chemical properties in the water, pure white colored travertines and stepped water terraces have been created on the mountain slope.
- It is for its resemblance to cotton piles that it is called "Cotton Castle" in Turkish.
- Visit the travertines and the ancient city of Hierapolis and the largest Necropolis in Anatolia.
- You will have an option to see the Sacred Pool (entrance is 35 TL - settle direct).
- Here shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient Roman ruins.
- Return to your hotel after the tour
Ephesus - Cappadocia Tour (B-L)
- Pick up from your hotel will be around 09:00 am.
- Tour start starts from Kusadasi to the House of the Virgin Mary and includes a very scenic drive and views of the Byzantine fortress in Selcuk and the Temple of Artemis.
- A long and winding road will take you to the Shrine of St. Mary. The diminutive house, beautifully situated in the Solmissos Mountains, is considered by the Vatican to be the final resting place of the Virgin Mary.
- Your tour continues to Ancient Ephesus. Pass through the arched Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk to the ruins of the Roman provincial capital. Your knowledgeable guide will highlight sights such as the beautifully preserved Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, once used for both political and entertainment purposes, and the beautiful Celsus Library with its imposing façade and two-story Corinthian-style columns. The dramatic Great Theater is one of the few structures still used today. It seats twenty-five thousand and, although it was once an arena for gladiator games, it is now home to annual spring festivals.
- Temple Of Artemis (Diana), is one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World.
- After the tour, transfer to airport for onward flight to Cappadocia.
- Arrive & transfer to Cappadocia Hotel.
Cappadocia tour (B-L)
Pick-up from your hotel around 09:30 am. Today will be another mystical day as we start our tour with a visit and a walk through the Red Valley. See the rock-cut churches and continue to Cavusin village. This ancient community was abandoned around the 11th Century.
Lunch will be a selection of Turkish dishes.
In the afternoon drive to the Pigeon Valley for a panoramic view. Visit the Underground City, dating back to the Hittites and used by the early Christians. The city was carved and used during the wartimes to save lives of the early Christians who hid from the Roman oppressors. Stables, kitchen living room and bedroom can still be seen
After the tour return 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 during all tours
- 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 MAR to 31 OCT 2019
Contact us for any other date of travel required
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 breads, 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