11-Day Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus & Ankara Tour

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$1,680.00 per person

Embark on an 11-day journey across Turkey’s most stunning sites. Start in Istanbul, exploring its historic landmarks and vibrant markets. Travel to the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia, known for its unique fairy chimneys and cave dwellings. Relax in the thermal waters of Pamukkale, a geological phenomenon, and marvel at the well-preserved ancient ruins of Ephesus. Conclude your journey in Ankara, Turkey’s cosmopolitan capital, teeming with modern and ancient attractions. Get ready for an unforgettable blend of history, culture, and nature.

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Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul, Airport Transfer and Free Day

Upon your arrival at Istanbul New Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gökcen Airport (SAW), our team will be waiting for you at the exit of the international line of the Airport, holding a sign with your name written on it. After which, you will be transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is free for you to spend at leisure. Alternatively, you can join the Night Cruise on the Bosphorus with Dinner & Show.

  • Overnight in Istanbul
  • Included Meal(s): No meals are included on this day
  • Accommodation: Muyan Suites OR Antea Hotel OR Ayasultan Hotel OR Deluxe Golden Horn Hotel or similar (Standard quality)

Day 2: Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour

After breakfast at approximately 8:30 am, you will be picked up from your hotel to begin the full-day tour. Today on the tour you will visit Hagia SophiaBlue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque), Hippodrome (Sultanahmet Square), Topkapi Palace and Historical Grand Bazaar. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

  • Overnight in Istanbul
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch
  • Accommodation: Muyan Suites OR Antea Hotel OR Ayasultan Hotel OR Deluxe Golden Horn Hotel or similar (Standard quality)

Day 3: Bosphorus Cruise – Fly from Istanbul to Kayseri

After breakfast at around 8:30 am, you will join the Half-day Morning Bosphorus Cruise. At the start of this tour, you will enjoy a drive to the pier in Eminonu for a short visit to the historical Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar). Following this, you will join a shared boat tour and cruise along the Bosphorus which is a narrow strait between the continents of Europe and Asia connecting the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. You will be able to view the Dolmabahce PalaceBeylerbeyi PalaceBosphorus bridge, citadels, centuries-old mansions, and the European and Asian shorelines while onboard the boat. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel to pick up your luggage and then will be transferred to the Istanbul domestic airport for your flight to Kayseri which is approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes in duration. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Cappadocia. Check in to your hotel in Cappadocia and the rest of the day is free.

  • Overnight in Cappadocia
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Heaven Cave House OR Dedeli Konak Cave Hotel OR Holiday Cave Hotel or similar (Standard quality)

Day 4: North Cappadocia Tour

For an additional option, you can book an early morning hot air balloon ride and enjoy breathtaking aerial views of the valleys. Please be aware that this activity comes at an extra cost.

After breakfast around 9:30 am, you will be picked up from your hotel to join the full-day tour of North Cappadocia. Your tour will start with a visit to the Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy chimneys. Next, you will visit the Pasabag Valley (Monks Valley) to see the mushroom-shaped pinnacles. After this visit, you will drive to the city of Avanos. After lunch, you will visit the Zelve Open Air Museum in Cappadocia. The museum features a series of carved caves and ancient churches, providing a glimpse into the region’s monastic history. Finally towards the end of the day tour before returning to your hotel, you will be able to visit the natural castles of Uchisar. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel at approximately 4:00 pm. The rest of the day will be at leisure.

  • Overnight in Cappadocia
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch
  • Accommodation: Heaven Cave House OR Dedeli Konak Cave Hotel OR Holiday Cave Hotel or similar (Standard quality)

Day 5: South Cappadocia Tour

After breakfast at the hotel around 9:30 am you will be picked up and met by your tour guide to begin your full-day tour of South Cappadocia. Your tour guide will brief you on the day’s activities. Your tour will begin with a visit to the Red Valley where you will be able to explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike approximately 5 km through the Rose Valley (Gulludere Vadisi). Next, you will visit Cavusin Village which is famous for its houses and churches of Christian Clergymen. We will take a break for lunch around noon. After lunch, you will drive to the Pigeon Valley (Guvercinlik Vadisi). In the afternoon you will visit the Kaymakli Underground City or Ozkonak Underground City where early Christians lived. This will be the end of your full-day tour. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel around 4:00 pm.

  • Overnight in Cappadocia
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch
  • Accommodation: Heaven Cave House OR Dedeli Konak Cave Hotel OR Holiday Cave Hotel or similar (Standard quality)

Day 6: Fly from Kayseri or Nevsehir to Izmir

After breakfast check out of the hotel in Cappadocia. You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Kayseri airport to take your flight to Izmir through Istanbul. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Kusadasi. Check into your hotel in Kusadasi and rest of the day is free.

  • Overnight in Kusadasi
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Efe Boutique Hotel OR Neopol Hotel Deluxe OR Derici Hotel or similar (Standard quality)

Day 7: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour

After breakfast around 7:30 am, you will be picked up from your Kusadasi hotel and taken to the meeting point in Selcuk to join the full group. You will then be driven by road for approximately 3 hours starting around 8:30 am to travel from Selcuk to Pamukkale. En route to Pamukkale after 1.5 hours, there will be a 10-minute stop for a restroom break. Upon arrival around 11:45 am, the group will be taken to have lunch and after lunch at around 1:00 pm, the group will begin a guided tour of the Pamukkale and Hierapolis area with a professional licensed tour guide. In Pamukkale, you will see the Cotton Cliffs, one of the natural wonders of the world formed by deposits of calcareous salts. Also, you will visit the ancient ruins of the City of Hierapolis with its basilica, theatre, and Roman Baths. At the end of the guided tour, you will have some free time to explore the area on your own. As an option, you may choose to swim in the Pamukkale antique pools (at your own expense) during this free time. The tour guide will inform you about the exact meeting point and time. At the end of the tour around approximately 4:00 pm, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Kusadasi at around 7:00 pm.

  • Overnight in Kusadasi
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch
  • Accommodation: Efe Boutique Hotel OR Neopol Hotel Deluxe OR Derici Hotel or similar (Standard quality)

Day 8: Ephesus Tour

After breakfast at the hotel around 08:30 am you will be picked up and met by your tour guide to begin your full-day tour of Ephesus. Your tour guide will brief you on the day’s activities. You will first visit the Temple of Artemis which was once one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Next, you will visit the world-famous ancient Greco-Roman City of Ephesus, the most well-preserved example in the world. After visiting this impressive site, you will have a break for lunch. After lunch, you will visit the House of Virgin Mary, where it is believed she spent her last days. This is a holy place for both Christians and Muslims. Afterwards, you will visit the Isa Bey Mosque. Next, you will be taken to the Sirince Village; which is an old Greek village and is well-know for its quaint beauty and wine tasting and production. Here you will have one hour free to explore on your own without a guide the different foods and wines of the area and visit various small traditional village shops. After you complete the tour, you will be returned to your hotel in Kusadasi around 4:00 pm.

  • Overnight in Kusadasi
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch
  • Accommodation: Efe Boutique Hotel OR Neopol Hotel Deluxe OR Derici Hotel or similar (Standard quality)

Day 9: Fly to Ankara

After breakfast check out of the hotel in Kusadasi. You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Izmir airport to take your flight to Ankara. Upon your arrival in Ankara, you will be met at the airport and transferred from the airport to your hotel.

  • Overnight in Ankara
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Best Western Plus Center Hotel OR Holiday Inn Ankara OR The Wings Hotels Neva Palas or similar (Standard quality)

Day 10: Ankara Sightseeing – Fly back to Istanbul

After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the city and some of its most interesting landmarks, such as the Mausoleum of Ataturk, dedicated to the founder of the Turkish Republic, and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with exhibitions from the Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Hittite, and Phrygian Urartu past of central Anatolia. At the end of the tour, you will be driven to Ankara Airport for your flight to Istanbul. Upon your arrival in Istanbul, you will be met by our airport representative and transported to your hotel.

  • Overnight in Istanbul
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch
  • Accommodation: Muyan Suites OR Antea Hotel OR Ayasultan Hotel OR Deluxe Golden Horn Hotel or similar (Standard quality)

Day 11: Departure from Istanbul – End of Tour Service

After breakfast, you will check out from your hotel in Istanbul (hotel check-out is before 12:00 noon) and will then be transferred to the Istanbul International Airport according to your flight details. This will be the end of our tour and services.

  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast

INCLUDED in the Tour Price:

  • All transfers mentioned in this itinerary, including arrivals and departures.
  • Domestic flight tickets (from Istanbul to Kayseri and Kayseri to Izmir and Izmir to Ankara and Ankara to Istanbul) as per the itinerary.
  • 3 nights in Istanbul at Special Class or 4-star Hotels including breakfast
  • 3 nights in Cappadocia at a cave hotel including breakfast
  • 3 nights in Kusadasi at a 4-star hotel including breakfast
  • 1 night in Ankara at a 4-star hotel including breakfast
  • English-speaking guide during the tours
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch)
  • Visits and entrances fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Local taxes and service charges

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International Flight Tickets.
  • Visa to enter Turkey.
  • Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Ride.
  • Optional tours mentioned in the program, they will be provided at an additional cost.
  • Services not mentioned in the program.
  • Drinks with meals.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).

IMPORTANT INFO:

  • The order of the itinerary is indicative and subject to change, but all visits described will take place.
  • This is a regular group tour, but if requested at cost can be provided as a private tour.
  • The regular group tour has shopping stops included in the tour.
  • For 1 traveler: 1 Single Room Accommodation.
  • For 2 travelers: 1 Double/Twin Room Accommodation.
  • For 3 travelers: 1 Triple Room Accommodation.
  • For 4 travelers: 2 Double/Twin Rooms Accommodation.
  • For 5 travelers: 1 Double/Twin Room and 1 Triple Room Accommodation.
  • Please note that the Blue Mosque is not open for visitation on Fridays as it is closed for religious prayer services. You will only be able to visit the outside of the Blue Mosque area on tours operated on Fridays. No visitation will be allowed inside the Blue Mosque for tourists on Fridays.
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday, it will be replaced with the Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnici).
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday.
  • During religious holidays, the spice market and Grand Bazaar are closed.

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1 review for 11-Day Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus & Ankara Tour

  1. Acenet T.

    My sister, mom, and I did the 11-Day Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, and Ankara tour. From the time I booked till the very end communication was excellent. Cam my company contact kept me updated on all details via WhatsApp. All airport, hotel, and tour pickups were on time. The company itself does not conduct the tours, they contract local tour guides. All of our tours were small which we loved- the max we had on one tour was 14 people. The hotels we stayed in were comfortable, clean, and the breakfast was good. We did book a separate hotel in Cappadocia because we wanted to stay in Gerome- they did credit us some money which was nice. The tours do include shopping stops which some people consider tourist traps but this is the itinerary of all tours no matter the company unless you do private tours which of course is way more expensive. Overall, I would say it’s an excellent company and very well priced. I would definitely recommend their services and I would book with them again.

    Date of experience: October 2023

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