7-Day Highlights of Turkey Tour: Istanbul, Pamukkale, Ephesus and Cappadocia

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$1,230.00 per person

Experience the top attractions with our 7-Day Highlights of Turkey Tour. Wander through Istanbul’s historic Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, soak in Pamukkale’s natural beauty, unearth the timeless charm of Ephesus, and gaze at Cappadocia’s ethereal landscape. This journey offers an ideal snapshot of Turkey’s rich heritage.

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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 Oldcity OR Deluxe Golden Horn Hotel OR Ayasultan Hotel or similar (Standard quality)

Day 2: Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour

After having breakfast at the hotel, start your day by visiting the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque), and the Hippodrome (Sultanahmet Square). Have lunch at a local restaurant before continuing your tour to the Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar. 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
  • Accommodation: Muyan Suites OR Antea Hotel Oldcity OR Deluxe Golden Horn Hotel OR Ayasultan Hotel or similar (Standard quality)

Day 3: Fly to Denizli – Pamukkale Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel for your transfer to the airport to catch your early morning flight to Denizli. (between 6:00 – 7:00 am as per your e-ticket) from Istanbul to Denizli airport. Upon arrival at the Denizli airport, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to Pamukkale where you will meet your professional tour guide to begin your tour with a professional guide to begin your full-day tour of Pamukkale. Around 10:45 am you will visit the first destination of Karahayit to see the Red Spring Waters. After Karahayit we will drive to Pamukkale and begin the visit to the ancient city of Hierapolis around 11:30 am. The highlights of Hierapolis are Necropolis, Roman Baths, Domitian Gate, Latrina, Oil Factory, Frontinious Street, Agora, Byzantium Gate, Triton Fountain, Cathedral, Apollon Temple, Plutonium, Theater, and Cleopatra’s Ancient Pool. You will also be able to take some photos from the nicest corners of Pamukkale. Around 12:30 pm you will be given some free time for approximately 60 minutes to explore the natural beauties of Pamukkale. As an option, you may choose to swim in the Pamukkale Antique Pools (at your own expense) during this free time. At 1:30 pm you will meet the guide and will get a chance to walk in the middle of the Pamukkale travertines (White Cliffs) from top to down without shoes and socks. At 2:30 pm you will be taken for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch at approximately 3:30 pm, you will visit an Onyx Factory for approximately 30 minutes. Upon completing the tour at approximately 4:00 pm, you will be transferred to Kusadasi and are expected to arrive around 7:30 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 4: Ephesus Tour – Fly to Kayseri/Nevsehir from Izmir

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. 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 the 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 Isabey 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. At the end of the tour around approximately 4:00 pm, you will be transferred to Izmir airport for your late evening flight to Kayseri or Nevsehir through Istanbul. Upon your arrival at the Kayseri or Nevsehir airport, a representative will be present holding your name sign to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in Cappadocia.

  • 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: 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 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
  • Accommodation: Heaven Cave House OR Dedeli Konak Cave Hotel OR Holiday Cave Hotel or similar (Standard quality)

Day 6: South Cappadocia Tour – Fly back to Istanbul

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. After finishing the tour at approximately 4:00 pm, you will be transported to either Kayseri or Nevsehir airport to catch a late evening flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul, a representative will meet you at the airport and arrange for your transportation to your hotel.

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

Day 7: 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 specified in the itinerary
  • Tours and activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • 3 nights in Istanbul at Special Class or 4-star Hotels including breakfast
  • 1 night in Kusadasi at a 4-star hotel including breakfast
  • 2 nights in Cappadocia at a cave 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

WHEN TO BOOK?

  • Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
  • You can book up to 2 days before (Istanbul local time) if there are still places available. If less than 2 days before start of your requested tour date, please contact us by email or phone as it would be a last-minute booking that will need to be checked for availability before your tour reservation is confirmed.

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8 reviews for 7-Day Highlights of Turkey Tour: Istanbul, Pamukkale, Ephesus and Cappadocia

  1. Omesh N.

    The 7 days Istanbul, Pamukkale, Ephesus and Cappadocia tour we booked through one nation travel were excellent! The tour guides spoke great English. I highly recommend One Nation Travel for your guided tour requirements.

  2. Rajesh P.

    We enjoyed the 7 day trip to beautiful Istanbul, Pamukkale, Ephesus and Cappadocia. Visited unique places, learned a lot about Turkey history and mythology. Our guide Aylin was knowledgeable and easy to understand. Hotels were comfortable and at Cappadocia had beautiful views. Definitely a worthwhile trip, that is good value for money.

  3. Sohan K.

    Thank you to the wonderful team for a great Turkey experience. We thoroughly enjoyed our time visiting the sights of your wonderful country. Thank you Onenationtravel.com

  4. Aryan R.

    We had an amazing Turkey trip with One Nation Tours, who tailored the itinerary to our interests and carefully organised everything. Can Berber was very knowledgeable and helped us define our itinerary highlighting the best things to do and booked very nice locations throughout our stay. I would recommend their services to anyone travelling to Turkey.

  5. Natasha H.

    Just finished 7 days of a Turkey trip. Istanbul, Pamukkale, Ephesus and Cappadocia. Can Berber helped me plan the trip and picked the hotels and they were all fantastic. All the transfers were seamless. Her knowledge and expertise and helpfulness were beyond great. I wouldn’t hesitate to use One Nation Travel when we travel to Turkey again.

  6. Kayo Y.

    My family and I recently enjoyed a fantastic 7-Day Turkey tour with One Nation Travel. The well-organized itinerary showcased Turkey’s breathtaking landmarks, history, and culture.

    We stayed in clean, comfortable hotels with friendly staff. The local guides were knowledgeable and engaging, making each site visit even more memorable.

    Meals, especially lunch, featured delicious Turkish cuisine, leaving us excited to try more local dishes.

    Overall, the unforgettable experience with One Nation Travel exceeded our expectations. We highly recommend this tour for a true taste of Turkey’s beauty and hospitality.

  7. Padma Dash

    Our week-long tour of Turkey was a splendid blend of culture, history, and nature. The vibrant Istanbul with its lively bazaars, the ethereal Pamukkale with its thermal waters, the historical Ephesus with its ancient ruins, and the enchanting landscapes of Cappadocia, each location captivated us in its unique way.

    The services were impeccable. Transportation was always on time, ensuring smooth transfers between our destinations. Adding to the charm of our trip were the delightful luncheon meals that introduced us to the delectable local cuisine. Accompanied by well-informed guides, we found this Turkish escapade to be above and beyond our expectations. We highly recommend this tour!

  8. Selemeng Mokose

    I took a solo one week tour organised by One Nation Travel which included travel to Istanbul, Pammukale, Ephesus, Kusadasi and Cappadocia. The booking was professionally handled as also the pickups from the airport and for the respective tours. Can Berber, the One Nation representative was available at all times and also kept abreast of travel between the different destinations including the airline delays thus ensuring your safe return to the hotels. The hotels which were booked for us were extremely clean with attentive and professional staff. The tour guides were exceptional and very informative. I would recommend this tour any day. I intend coming back to Turkey for another tour which I will definitely arrange with One Nation Travel.

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