Best of Turkey Tour
On this small-group Best of Turkey Tour, you will see all of the most significant sights of Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, and Pamukkale. You will be guided by the best local guides in each area and stay in decent 4-star hotels. This is a perfect tour option for the guests who would like to see this beautiful country and learn and experience its culture meet with the local people.
Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul
You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel. Free time and overnight stay in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul Old City Tour (B, L)
Full-day walking tour in Istanbul. Visit St. Sophia (Hagia Sofia), Underground Byzantine Cistern (Yerebatan), Hippodrome of Istanbul, Blue Mosque (The Sultan Ahmed Mosque), Topkapi Palace, and Grand Bazaar. Overnight stay in Istanbul.
Day 3: Full Day Istanbul Tour and Flying to Cappadocia (B, L)
Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby between 08.00 and 08.30; during this tour, you will visit Golden Horn, Old city walls of Istanbul, Spice Market, Dolmabahce Palace (Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays will be replaced with Chora museum); there is a lunch stop during the tour; tour ends around 05.00 pm; please do not forget to take your luggage in the morning, as after the tour you will be transferred to the airport to fly to Kayseri or Nevsehir airport; in Kayseri/Nevsehir you will have organized transfer from the airport to your hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 4: South Cappadocia Tour (Green Tour) – (B, L)
South Cappadocia tour (Green Tour) – After meeting your guide you will visit Goreme Panorama where you can see a wonderful view of Goreme town with its spectacular cave houses. Then we will start our hike in the beautiful Red/Rose Valley which will take approximately 4 km and slightly more than 1 hr. We will see fairy-chimneys, local farms, pigeon houses, and cave chapels. At the end of the hike, we will have a quick stop at Cavusin Village. Then we will drive to Love Valley to take amazing pictures of pillar-shaped rock formations of Cappadocia. After our lunch, we will visit Kaymaklı underground city and stop at the viewpoint of Pigeon Valley and return to your hotel and overnight stay in Cappadocia.
Day 5: North Cappadocia ( Red Tour) – (B, L)
North Cappadocia Tour (Red Tour) – during this tour you would visit: Goreme open-air Museum (unique monastery complex, an essential stop in Cappadocia) Cavusin village (an old Greek village), Pasabag or Monks Valley (famous for its mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys); Uchisar Castle (the highest point of the area) and Devrent Valley or Imaginary Valley (famous for its lunar landscape). Overnight stay in Cappadocia.
Day 6: Flight from Cappadocia to Izmir (B, L)
Your driver will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Kayseri airport (1 hr driving) For the Izmir flight. When you arrive in Izmir, you will meet your driver and transfer to your hotel in Kusadası for an overnight stay.
Day 7: Ephesus and Surrounding Tour (B, L)
Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby around 09.00 am; after 20 minutes of driving you will arrive in Selcuk where you will visit Ephesus, Virgin Mary`s House, and Temple of Artemis; you will have a lunch stop during the tour; the tour ends around 04.00 pm; after the tour, we will drop you off to your hotel and overnight stay in Kusadası.
Day 8: Pamukkale Tour and Return to Istanbul (B, L)
Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby around 08.00 am; after 3 hours of driving you will have lunch and then visit Pamukkale and Hierapolis where you will spend approximately 3 hours; you will have a chance to enjoy both ancient site and natural thermal pools; after the tour, you will be transferred to Denizli airport to fly back to Istanbul
Specification: Best of Turkey Tour
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