Experience the Rich Culture, History, and Scenic Beauty of Turkey
Turkey, a mesmerizing country that bridges Europe and Asia, is a treasure trove of diverse cultures, fascinating history, and breathtaking landscapes. Embark on an unforgettable 8-day journey as we explore the best of Turkey, from the vibrant city of Istanbul to the captivating landscapes of Cappadocia. Get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime!
Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul
Upon arrival at Istanbul New Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW), our team will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure, or opt for a Night Cruise on the Bosphorus with Dinner & Show to kickstart your Turkish adventure.
Day 2: Istanbul Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Tour
Start your day with a full-day guided tour of Istanbul’s most resplendent monuments, including Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, and the historic Grand Bazaar. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a city restaurant, and immerse yourself in the city’s rich history.
Day 3: Bosphorus Cruise – Fly from Istanbul to Izmir
Join a half-day morning Bosphorus Cruise and marvel at the stunning views of Istanbul’s European and Asian shorelines, Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, and the Bosphorus Bridge. Later, fly to Izmir and transfer to your hotel in Kusadasi for an overnight stay.
Day 4: Drive to Pamukkale – Visit Hierapolis Ancient City
Embark on a journey to Pamukkale, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and explore its famous white travertine terraces. Visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, and discover its well-preserved ruins, including the basilica, theater, and Roman Baths.
Day 5: Ephesus Tour – Fly to Kayseri/Nevsehir from Izmir
Experience the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, and visit the Temple of Hadrian, Great Theater, and Trajan Fountain. Later, explore the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Artemis, Isa Bey Mosque, and the charming village of Sirince. Fly to Kayseri or Nevsehir in the evening, and transfer to your hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 6: North Cappadocia Tour
Optionally start your day with a hot air balloon ride (at extra cost) over the enchanting landscapes of Cappadocia. Visit the unique fairy chimneys in Devrent Valley, the mushroom-shaped pinnacles in Pasabag Valley, the city of Avanos, the rock-cut churches in Goreme Open Air Museum, and the natural castles of Uchisar.
Day 7: South Cappadocia Tour – Fly Back to Istanbul
Discover the beautiful Red Valley, Rose Valley, and Cavusin Village, famous for its Christian houses and churches. Visit the Pigeon Valley and explore the Kaymakli or Ozkonak Underground Cities. In the evening, fly back to Istanbul and transfer to your hotel.
Day 8: Departure from Istanbul
Check out from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer to the Istanbul International Airport for your departure flight. As you bid farewell to Turkey, cherish the unforgettable memories and experiences that will stay with you forever.
This 8-day Turkey itinerary offers an unparalleled glimpse into Turkey’s rich history, culture, and natural beauty. From the bustling city of Istanbul to the dreamy landscapes of Cappadocia, each day promises a new adventure. Don’t miss
- Is it safe to travel to Turkey?
Turkey is generally a safe country to visit, but it’s always important to exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded tourist areas.
- Do I need a visa to enter Turkey?
Most foreign visitors need a visa to enter Turkey, which can be obtained online or upon arrival at the airport.
- What is the best time to visit Turkey?
The best time to visit Turkey depends on your preferences and the regions you plan to visit. Generally, the spring and fall seasons are the best times to visit, as the weather is mild and the crowds are smaller.
- What is the local currency in Turkey?
The local currency in Turkey is the Turkish lira (TRY).
- What should I pack for my trip to Turkey?
Pack comfortable walking shoes, lightweight and breathable clothing, and a hat and sunscreen for protection from the sun. Also, bring a scarf or shawl for visiting mosques and other religious sites.