6-Day Istanbul, Pamukkale and Ephesus Tour

$953.00 per person

Discover the wonders of Turkey in a 6-day tour encompassing the vibrant city of Istanbul, the natural beauty of Pamukkale, and the ancient ruins of Ephesus. Begin in Istanbul, exploring historic marvels and enjoying a scenic Bosphorus cruise. Then, be enchanted by Pamukkale’s thermal waters and Hierapolis’ ancient charm. Conclude with the timeless ruins of Ephesus, immersing in Turkey’s rich history and culture. This journey promises an unforgettable blend of natural wonders and historical treasures.

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Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul – Welcome to Turkey

Upon your arrival at Istanbul New Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gökcen Airport (SAW), our team will be ready and waiting for you at the exit of the international arrivals area. They’ll be holding a sign with our agency code clearly displayed for easy identification. Afterward, you’ll be swiftly transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure. Alternatively, you may choose to join the Night Cruise on the Bosphorus, an experience enhanced with dinner and a show.

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

Day 2: Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour

After your breakfast, around 8:30 am, we will pick you up from your hotel to embark on a full-day tour of this magnificent city. This comprehensive tour package includes an official English-speaking guide, tickets to the attractions, lunch at a central city restaurant, and visits to the most resplendent monuments that the Ottoman, Byzantine, and Roman empires have handed down to future generations. Our first destination is Hagia Sophia, a marvel of architectural brilliance. Originally a Byzantine church later converted into a mosque, and now a museum, Hagia Sophia will leave you in awe with its grandeur and historical significance. Next, we will visit the renowned Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmet Mosque. Step into its tranquil ambiance and marvel at the intricate blue tiles that adorn its interior. Learn about the mosque’s cultural importance and its role in Istanbul’s rich history. Our tour continues to the Hippodrome, located in Sultanahmet Square. Here, you will witness the remnants of an ancient chariot racing arena and discover the historic obelisks and monuments that surround it, offering glimpses into Istanbul’s past. Around midday, we will take a break for a delightful lunch at a carefully selected traditional Turkish restaurant. Relish the flavors of local cuisine and indulge in the culinary delights of the region. In the afternoon, our exploration resumes with a visit to the majestic Topkapi Palace. Delve into the opulent rooms, stroll through its beautifully manicured courtyards, and immerse yourself in the enchanting gardens of this former residence of Ottoman sultans. Marvel at the impressive collections of precious treasures, including dazzling jewelry, exquisite porcelain, and ancient manuscripts. Our final stop is the Historical Grand Bazaar, a bustling marketplace that houses over 4,000 shops. Roam through its vibrant and maze-like alleys, where you can find a wide array of goods, from intricately woven textiles to exquisite ceramics, aromatic spices, and luxurious carpets. Take the opportunity to haggle and practice your bargaining skills while discovering unique souvenirs or treasures to take home. After the tour, at approximately 5:00 pm, you will be transferred back to your hotel, where you can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

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

Day 3: Bosphorus Cruise – Fly from Istanbul to Denizli

After breakfast, around 8:30 am, you will embark on a half-day morning Bosphorus Cruise. The tour commences with a drive to the Eminonu pier, where you will briefly visit the historic Spice Market, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar. Following this, you will partake in a shared boat tour, cruising along the Bosphorus, a narrow strait nestled between the continents of Europe and Asia. This strait forms a connection between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. From the comfort of your boat, you can marvel at sights such as the Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, age-old citadels, and centuries-old mansions. The cruise also offers an enchanting view of both the European and Asian shorelines. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel to collect your luggage. Subsequently, you will be transported to the Istanbul airport to board a flight to Denizli, a journey that typically lasts approximately one hour and thirty minutes. Upon arrival in Denizli, you will be greeted and then transferred to your hotel in Pamukkale. There, you can check in and prepare for an overnight stay.

  • Overnight in Pamukkale
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Adempira Thermal & Spa Hotel OR Colossae Thermal Hotel or similar (Standard quality)

Day 4: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour – Transfer to Kusadasi

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from your hotel around 10:30 am to join the full-day tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. First on the itinerary is a visit to the historic city of Hierapolis, known for its notable sites such as the Temple of Apollo, the Theatre, the Necropolis, and the Roman Baths—where St. Philip was tragically martyred. Following an exploration of these awe-inspiring sites, you’ll enjoy a pause for lunch. As the afternoon unfolds, your journey will lead you to Karahayit, famous for its therapeutic red water and thermal springs. Your next destination will be the renowned Cotton Cliffs, alternatively known as the Cotton Castle, located in Pamukkale. These striking terraces and pools, formed from calcified mineral deposits, offer an opportunity for an optional dip in the Cleopatra Antique Pools at an extra charge. Your day’s adventure will conclude around 4:00 pm, post which you’ll set off for Kusadasi. Expected to reach by 7:00 pm, you’ll then check into your hotel for an overnight stay.

  • 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 5: Ephesus Tour – Fly back to Istanbul

After breakfast at your hotel around 8:30 am, your tour guide will meet you to commence your full-day tour of Ephesus. You will explore the ruins of Ephesus, an ancient Greek city known for its historical significance. Your itinerary includes visits to the Temple of Hadrian, the Great Theater, and the Trajan Fountain. Following lunch, you will visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where it is believed she spent her last years. The tour will also take you past the Temple of Artemis, although there’s little remaining of what was once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Your next stop will be the Isa Bey Mosque. Later, you will be taken to the Sirince Village, an old Greek village acclaimed for its scenic beauty and wine production. Here, you will have an hour to explore on your own, taste local foods and wines, and visit various small traditional village shops. At the end of the tour, you will be taken to Izmir airport for your late evening flight back to Istanbul. Upon arriving in Istanbul, you will be welcomed at the airport and provided with a transfer to your hotel, where you will stay overnight.

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

Day 6: 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 Denizli and Izmir to Istanbul) as specified in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Istanbul at a Special Class or 4-star Hotel, inclusive of breakfast.
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Pamukkale at a 4-star Hotel, inclusive of breakfast.
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Kusadasi at a Boutique or 4-star Hotel, inclusive of breakfast.
  • Services of a professional licensed English-speaking guide during the tours.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch).
  • All entrance fees are as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Local taxes and service charges.


  • International Flight Tickets.
  • Visa to enter Turkey.
  • 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).


  • 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.
  • Vegetarian lunch option available upon request.
  • 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.
  • You can swim in the Antique pool in Pamukkale. However, please note that there is an extra charge that you will have to pay directly at your own expense before entry to the pools. This entrance fee to the pools is not covered as part of your tour. Please note that you must bring your own towel, swimsuit etc. if you need to use the pools.
  • On flights luggage allowance is 15 kg per person for checked in luggage. For carry-on, you can take up to 8 kg per person. One carry-on is allowed per person.

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