It is a nice programme especially who likes to visit the most important cultural parts of the country also relaxing at one of the nicest coastal city of Turkey. We visit the most special places in Turkey in 8 days including Istanbul, Pamukkale, Ephesus and Antalya with a combination of flights and buses.
Day 1: Arrival to Istanbul: One of our colleagues will be waiting for you at the arrival hall bearing a sign of Efendi Travel. He/she will accompany you to our vehicle and you will be transferred directly to your hotel. Accommodation in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul City Tour: You will be picked up from your hotel at around 08:30. You will visit: Hagia Sophia , Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome Grand Bazaar After lunch you will see: Topkapi Palace , Sultan Tombs and the tour ends about 16:30 and back to hotel Accommodation in Istanbul. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour)
Please note that St. Sophia Museum is closed on Mondays (replaced with Basilica Cistern ), Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. Blue Mosque will not be visited on Fridays.
Day 3: Bosphorus Cruise and Flight to Izmir: (check out from hotel in the morning)
You will have a half day Bosphorus Cruise. Pick up time is at around 08:30 from the hotel. You will visit: Golden Horn (from the bus), Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) and then have a boat cruise on Bosphorus by public boat. You will also view Imperial gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace, Çiragan Palace Hotel Kempinski and Beylerbeyi Palace during the tour. After the cruise, you will be dropped to your hotel. You will be picked up from your hotel at around 15:00 to be transferred to Ataturk Airport to take 17:15 flight to Izmir. Upon your arrival at Izmir Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel in Kusadadasi. Accommodation in Kusadasi. (breakfast at hotel)
Day 4: Ephesus and Virgin Mary's House Tour: You will be picked up from your hotel at around 09:00 for full day Ephesus Ancient City and Virgin Mary's House Tour. You will visit Ephesus which is known to be the Commercial, the Religious and the Social Center of Antiquity, and one of the Highlights of any Visit in Turkey. After the lunch, you will drive to Temple of Artemis (Diana), the site of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world; House of Virgin Mary, probably where She spent recent years of Her life; Isa Bey Mosque, this impressive mosque from XIV. Century A.D. is unlike any other you will see in this country. After the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel at around 17:00. Accommodation in Kusadasi. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour).
Day 5: Pamukkale Travertines and Hierapolis Ancient City: (check out from your hotel in the morning) You will be picked up from your hotel at around 08:15 for the tour of Pamukkale, which is the center of natural thermal spring waters with healing properties. Due to the chemical properties in the water, pure white colored travertine and stepped water terraces have been created on the mountain slope. It is for its resemblance to cotton piles that it is called ´Cotton Castle´ in Turkish. Visit the travertine and the ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Necropolis with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. The sacred pool also is one of the highlights of the site. There shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath. After the tour, you will be transferred to the bus station to take an evening bus to Antalya, which takes around 5 hours. Upon your arrival at Antalya Bus Station, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Accommodation in Antalya. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour).
Day 6: Free day in Antalya: Free day in Antalya. Accommodation in Antalya. (breakfast at hotel)
Day 7: Free day in Antalya: Free day in Antalya. Accommodation in Antalya. (breakfast at hotel)
Day 8: Flight to Istanbul: You will be picked up from your hotel to be transferred to Antalya Airport to take a noon flight to Istanbul. The tour ends with your arrival to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.
We can make you further arrangements upon your request in Istanbul for accommodation and airport transfers. Please let us know if you need.
780 EUR per person in double/twin room. If you are a single traveller, there will be 25% single supplement surcharge.
We offer a 5% discount for cash payments.
Tour Prices Include
Accommodation in 3* hotels or similar boutique hotels
Breakfasts in all hotels
Land transportation by A/C vehicle
All airport transfers mentioned in the programme
Domestic flight tickets
Professional licensed guiding services
Entrance fees to the museums during guided tours
Tour Prices Exclude
Whirling Dervish Show: 20 Eur per person extra
Rhythm of the Dance Show: 25 Eur per person extra
Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus: 60 Eur per person extra
Turkish Night, Dinner & Belly Dance Show: 70 Eur per person extra