1st Day - Arrival to Istanbul
You will be met at the airport by our meet&greet staff and transfer to your hotel with a private van. Stay in Istanbul.
2nd Day - Istanbul Old City Tour
You will be picked up from your hotel by your guide at around 09:00 to visit the Byzantine and Ottoman Relics found in Sultanahmet area. The tour is on foot as the places of visit are walking distance to each other. You will visit Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Harem of the Palace and Basilica Cistern. The tour ends with Grand Bazaar tour, the most popular historical shopping center of Istanbul. Stay in Istanbul. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour)
3rd Day - Dolmabahce Palace & Bosphorus & Pera Tour
Departure from your hotel at around 08:30 and start the day visiting Dolmabahce Palace, the last residence of Ottoman Sultans located on the shores of Bosphorus. Following the palace, you will get on Bosphorus boat for a tour of about 2 hours. You will view Ciragan Palace, Bosphorus bridges, Rumeli Fortress, Beylerbeyi Palace and Maiden’s Tower during the tour from the sea. In the afternoon, you will visit Istiklal street and Pera District packed with an arbitrary scattering of music and bookstores, movie theaters, cafes, restaurants and bars. You will have the lunch at a kebab restaurant in the area and walk through streets with visits at site. At the end of the tour, public transport will be used for getting back to the hotel. Stay in Istanbul. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour)
4th Day - Golden Horn Tour
Departure from your hotel at around 08:30 and drive to Suleymaniye Mosque, the imperial mosque of Ottoman Empire constructed by Architect Sinan. The next visit is to Chora Church Museum, a small but impressive building dating to 11th century and unique with Christian frescoes and mosaics inside. The best spot looking over the Golden Horn is Pierre Loti Hill where there is a tea house today for breaks. The tour will go on with a short boat tour in Golden Horn to see the site from the sea. After the lunch, the tour ends with shopping at Egyptian Market (Spice Bazaar), the most popular place in the city for spices, Turkish delights and coffee. You will be transferred to the bus station for the bus to Canakkale departing at 16:00. Upon your arrival to Canakkale at around 21:30, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Stay in Canakkale. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour)
5th Day - Troy Tour
After breakfast, you will be picked up by your private guide at around 09:00 and drive to the ancient city of Troy. The city takes an important place in literature by Homer’s Iliad and also in history with remains dating to the different centuries of ancient times. Transfer back to Canakkale for a city tour including the museum. After the lunch, you will take the bus to Kusadasi with about 6 hours of journey via Izmir. You will be met at the bus station and transfer to your hotel. Stay in Kusadasi. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour)
6th Day - Ephesus Tour
You will be picked up from your hotel at around 09:00 by your private guide and drive to Ephesus, the most splendid ancient city in Turkey and requires about 2 hours to visit. The next visit is to Virgin Mary’s House where it is believed she spent the last years of her life and buried. After the lunch, you will visit the remaining important places to see in the area: Ephesus Museum where the objects discovered in Ephesus are exhibited, Diana Temple which was one of the 7 wonders of ancient world, St. John Castle and the remains of Church situated at the top of Ayasoluk Hill and Isa Bey Mosque being the most important structure belonging to Turkish heritage. Stay in Kusadasi. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour )
7th Day - Aphrodisias Ancient City, Hierapolis and Pamukkale Tour
Departure from the hotel at around 08:30 and drive to Aphrodisias ancient city, the famous sculpture school and center of ancient Asia Minor. Aphrodisias Museum keeps some of the best examples of Greek and Roman sculpture works. We arrive to Pamukkale about lunch time famous with white colored rocks formed by thermal waters containing calcium bicarbonate. The ancient city Hierapolis at site was a famous healing center and the hotels are site still preferred for thermal water pools in present day. The Roman Pool at site is still in use. You will be guested in one of the thermal & spa hotels at night to enjoy the hot water pools. Stay in Pamukkale. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour)
8th Day - Konya and Rumi Museum Tour
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the bus station to take a morning bus to Konya. Upon your arrival at Konya after a 6 hrs' bus ride, you will be greeted and meet your guide for the tour of Konya city, which was the capital city of Seljuk Empire founded by Turks and has been the residence of Rumi Dervishes. Mevlana Rumi spent his life in Konya where he wrote his famous books about Sufi and his ideas spread over the world after his death from here. Following transfer from the bus station to Konya city center, you will make a guided tour in Konya to visit Mevlana Museum and his tomb, Karatay Madrasah, Aladdin Hill, the old bazaar and the other remnants belonging to Seljuk architecture. Stay in Konya. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour)
9th Day - Bus to Cappadocia
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the bus station for a day bus to Cappadocia. Upon your arrival at Cappadocia after a 4 hrs' bus ride, you will be met at the bus station and transferred to your hotel. Free time at leisure. Stay in Cappadocia. (breakfast at hotel, dinner at hotel)
10th Day - Northern Cappadocia Tour
The tour starts at around 09:00 from your hotel in the morning, you will drive to Devrent Valley where the geographical formations remind a place of another planet. Then in Pasabagi, you'll take a stroll among the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. From there driving to Avanos to have lunch. Cappadocia is also famous with traditional pottery production where you will also attend a workshop. The next visit is to Goreme Open Air Museum keeping the best preserved Byzantine cave churches in the area. Then return to the hotel about 17.30. Stay in Cappadocia. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour)
11th Day - Southern Cappadocia Tour
Depart from your hotel at around 09:00 and the day starts with a 4km hike through the Rose Valley visiting the churches. The next visit is to Christian & Greek village of Cavusin. We will have the lunch in Pigeons Valley unique with small niches curved in the rocks. Cappadocia has several underground cities used by the residents to escape from their enemies and Kaymakli Underground City is among the famous ones being on our visiting list. You will also visit the Ortahisar Natural Rock Castle offering a beautiful view over the valley. After the tour, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Istanbul in the evening. Upon your arrival, you will be met and transfer to your hotel. Stay in Istanbul. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour)
The tour ends with the last night accommodation in Istanbul. Further arrangements can be provided upon request.
The tour including ;
- 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation
- Domestic flight tickets, economy class. Business class flights available upon request if available.
- Intercity bus transportion with major companies using comfortable, air-conditioned buses. All buses have stops on the way for about 30 mins half-way through.
- Private tour arrangements at all sites visited; Istanbul, Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Aphrodisias, Konya and Cappadocia. You will have a private tour guide with you on all the tours, no any other tour attenders. All your land transport on the tours will be provided with an air-conditioned private van.
- All entrance fees on the tours
- Meal services as noted in the itinerary. Breakfasts are continental type, lunch are local cuisine suitable for foreigners. Vegetarian or Celiac food available with advance notice. The drinks are self payment.
- Tipping to the guide, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff are optional.
- No other fees for the services above.
The tour cost is as follows :