15 Day Istanbul, Cappadocia Pamukkale, Ephesus & Bodrum Tour

$1,920.00 per person

Discover the historical splendor and architectural marvels of Istanbul, wander through the surreal terrains of Cappadocia and Pamukkale, uncover the ancient secrets of Ephesus, and revel in the lively nightlife, charming white houses, and the pristine blue waters of Bodrum, complemented by the cozy ambiance of a small boutique hotel.

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Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul & Transfer to Hotel

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

Day 2: Full Day Istanbul City Discovery Tour

After your breakfast, around 8:30 am, we will pick you up from your hotel to begin a full-day tour of this magnificent city. It includes an official English-speaking guide, tickets, lunch at a central city restaurant, and a visit to the most resplendent monuments that the Ottoman, Byzantine, and Roman empires have handed down to future generations: Hagia SophiaBlue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque), Hippodrome (Sultanahmet Square), Topkapi Palace and Historical Grand Bazaar, which houses more than 4000 stores. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel at approximately 5:00 pm. The rest of the day will be at leisure.

  • Overnight in Istanbul
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3: Full Day Bosphorus Cruise & Two Continents Tour

Breakfast at the hotel, then meet your guide at the hotel lobby for a short drive to Spice Market, The Egyptian Bazaar heaped with various sweets & spices is one of the world’s largest spice bazaars since 1665. Soon after, we embark on the Bosphorus ferry for an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the beautiful strait that divides Europe from Asia. After the lunch break, we continue driving across the first Bosphorus Bridge & head for the summit of Camlica Hill, which offers 360° panoramic views of Istanbul overlooking the Sea of Marmara. Driving back to Europe over the Bosphorus Bridge, we visit Dolmabahce Palace, with more than 340 rooms & eight Turkish Baths the Imperial Residence of the last six Sultans. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

  • Overnight in Istanbul
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4: Flight to Kayseri with overnight in Cappadocia

You will take a late afternoon flight from Istanbul to Kayseri. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Cappadocia. Check in to your hotel in Cappadocia and rest of the day is free.

  • Overnight in Cappadocia
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5: Full Day North Cappadocia Tour

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 Monk’s Valley to see the mushroom-shaped pinnacles. After this visit, you will drive to the city of Avanos. After lunch, you will visit the beautiful open-air museum of Goreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. 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.

  • Overnight in Cappadocia
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6: Full Day South Cappadocia Tour

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 have around 15 minutes to take panoramic pictures of the natural castles of Uchisar. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel around 4:00 pm. You will have the rest of the day free to relax, explore the city on your own, or take part in any optional activities that are offered.

  • Overnight in Cappadocia
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7: Full Day Derinkuyu Underground City & Ihlara Valley 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.

  • Overnight in Cappadocia
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8: Flight to Izmir with overnight in Kusadasi

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. 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

Day 9: Full Day Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour

After breakfast around 8:00 am, you will be picked up from your Kusadasi hotel and taken to the meeting point in Selcuk where the full group will first meet. You will then begin the Pamukkale tour with a drive from Selcuk starting at 8:30 am to Pamukkale which will be around 3 hours. 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 first taken to have lunch and after lunch, at around 1:00 pm you will begin your 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

Day 10: Full Day Ephesus Tour, Bus to Bodrum

After breakfast at the hotel around 8:30 am, you will be picked up and met by your tour guide to begin your full-day tour of Ephesus. You will visit the ruins of Ephesus, the ancient Greek city that became an important centre of this time. Visit the Temple of HadrianGreat Theater, and Trajan Fountain. After lunch, let’s visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where it is believed she spent her last years. We will pass by the Temple of Artemis; there is little to see of this that was one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. 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 the tour, you’ll be transferred to Kusadasi main bus station. From here you will board the intercity day coach or Dolmus to Bodrum (duration 2 h 10 min). Met on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

  • Overnight in Bodrum
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11: Bodrum Free day at leisure to explore the city on your own.

  • Overnight in Bodrum
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 12: Bodrum Free day at leisure to explore the city on your own.

  • Overnight in Bodrum
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 13: Bodrum Free day at leisure to explore the city on your own. 

  • Overnight in Bodrum
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 14: Flight to Istanbul with overnight in Istanbul

Bodrum to Istanbul Today you have your flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

  • Overnight in Istanbul
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 15: Departure from Istanbul, End of Tour Service

After breakfast, you will check out from your hotel in Istanbul (hotel check-out is before 11:00 am) 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:

  • Arrival, departure airport transfers and ground transportation
  • Domestic flight tickets as per the itinerary
  • 4 nights in Istanbul at Special Class or Boutique Hotels including breakfast
  • 4 nights in Cappadocia at a cave hotel including breakfast
  • 2 nights in Kusadasi at a 4-star hotel including breakfast
  • 4 nights in Bodrum at a Boutique or 4-star Hotel including breakfast
  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide during the tours
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Entrance fees mentioned by the itinerary
  • Local taxes and service charges

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Visa to enter Turkey
  • Tips & Personal Items
  • Drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast)

IMPORTANT INFO:

  • 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
  • Please advise your arrival details at time of booking
  • 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.
  • St. Sophia is closed on Monday, this will be replaced with the Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnici)
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday, it will be replaced with the Beylerbeyi Palace
  • Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Monday and Thursday, this will be replaced with the Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday
  • During religious holidays, the spice market and Grand Bazaar are closed

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