9 Days Istanbul-Cappadocia-Pamukkale-Ephesus Tour Package
Starts in: İstanbul
Ends in: İstanbul
Duration: 9 Days & 8 Nights
Tour Highlights: Visit Istanbul, Bosphorus, Ottoman and Byzantian Relics, Ephesus ancient city, House of Virgin Mary, Artemis Temple, Pamukkale, Hierapolis Ancient City, Hot spring travertines. Amazed by the breathtaking scenery of Cappadocia and visit Göreme Open Air Museum, Fairy Chimneys, Underground cities, Pasabag, Red Valley.
Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul
Your driver will be waiting for you when you arrive at Istanbul Airport to transport you to your hotel. After your flight, please take your time to check-in and relax in your room. In Istanbul, you will have free time and stay the night.
Day 2: Full Day Classical Old City Tour (Breakfast-Lunch included)
Pick up from your hotel in the morning for the Classical Old City Tour. Our first stop is the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, which was once a church under the Byzantine Empire and was transformed to a mosque after the Ottoman Empire conquered Istanbul. The Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque is regarded as one of the world's finest architectural masterpieces and is regarded as the world's eighth wonder.
Then we stroll to the Blue Mosque, a must-see and one of Istanbul's most popular attractions. Its breathtaking ambiance will take your breath away. It is known for its tiles and six minarets, making it a one-of-a-kind structure.
The Hippodrome, Sultanahmet's main square, will be our next stop. It was where horse races were held under the Byzantine Empire. The first part of the Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour ends, and then we have lunch at a nice restaurant.
We'll go to the Grand Covered Bazaar after lunch. It is the world's oldest bazaar and may be regarded the forerunner of contemporary retail malls. You will be able to shop for yourself as well as buy gifts for your family and friends.
Topkapi Palace is the last stop on our tour. It was the Ottoman Sultans' principal home. We view the Sultans' personal possessions as well as religious artifacts. The palace's yard and vista are breathtaking.
We drop you off at your hotel about 17:00 at the end of the trip.
Day 3: Full Day Bosphorus Cruise and Golden Horn Tour (Breakfast-Lunch included)
We pick you up from your hotel at about 8:00 a.m. and take you to Miniaturk, where we will give you a fantastic tour of Turkey since this location is also known as a little model of Turkey. Then we travel to Pierre Loti Hill, where you can see the Golden Horn and Istanbul from above. There are several lovely cafes on the top of the hill where you may have your tea while taking nice photos of the view. We take a cable car down the hill and then visit Eyup Sultan Mosque. Thousands of people visit this mosque every day since it played an essential role throughout the Ottoman Empire.
After a great lunch in a restaurant, we continue our journey in Istanbul with a boat tour on the Bosphorus. Maiden's Tower, Rumeli Fortress, Ortaköy Mosque, Anadolu Fortress, Raan Palace, Dolmabahçe Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Küçüksu Kasr, Beylerbeyi Palace, and many more Ottoman mansions, palaces, villas, and beautiful houses on both the European and Asian sides of Istanbul are among the sights seen during the boat cruise on the Bosphorus. Your guide provides you with all of the necessary information about these locations. We return to the dock after the trip.
We drop you off at your hotel about 17:00 after your unforgettable Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul City Tour.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4: Fly to Cappadocia / Northern Cappadocia Tour (Breakfast-Lunch included)
Pick up from your hotel in Istanbul early in the morning and transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival, meet at the airport and drive to the meeting point to start the tour of Cappadocia.
Visit Goreme Panorama, which offers a breathtaking view of Goreme Village, the land of fairy chimneys, and the Open Air Museum, the region's largest monastery complex. After that, we went to Ortahisar, a typical village with a castle and cave food storage, and Pasabag (Fairy Chimney Valley), which has mushroom-shaped rocks and very interesting fairy chimney forms. We're passing through Imagination valley, Devrent, where it appears that animals have become petrified in the rocks. Lunch break at a local restaurant in the middle of the day.
In the afternoon, take a walk along Turkey's longest river, the Red River, and stop by a small village known for its pottery workshops. You will be able to see how pottery is made and, if you wish, try your hand at it. Returning to the hotel at the end of the day via Love Valley, which offers breathtaking views.
Arrival at the hotel, free time, and an overnight stay in a cave hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 5: Southern Cappadocia Tour (Breakfast-Lunch included)
This morning's hot air balloon tour is optional.
The tour guide will pick you up from your hotel around 9:30-10:00 a.m. and take you on the Southern Cappadocia Tour. Visiting Uchisar Castle, the world's largest fairy chimney and a fortress used by numerous civilizations. Exploring rock churches that saved early Christians from Roman persecution while hiking about 4 km in Red Valley and passing through Rose Valley. You can see cave residences when you arrive in Cavusin village, which is an ancient settlement in the region. Lunch break at a local restaurant in the middle of the day.
Afternoon visit to Kaymakl Underground City, which is the largest in Cappadocia and was used by refugees and people fleeing disasters. Pigeon Valley has a nice view of Uchisar Castle and pigeon houses where pigeons still live. The most recent trip to Three Beauties Valley, which is known for its vineyards and breathtaking views.
ps. Our guests are treated to a traditional hand-made carpet demonstration at the end of the tour; those who are not interested should inform the tour guide.
After the tour, transfer to the bus station. Take an overnight bus to Pamukkale.(Duration 10 Hours).
Day 6: Pamukkale Tour (Breakfast-Lunch included)
Arrive in Pamukkale early in the morning. Our staff meets you at the bus station and takes you to Pamukkale. Have a refreshment and breakfast. After breakfast, the tour guide will pick you up around 09:00 a.m. to take you on the Pamukkale-Hierapolis Tour. Hot springs and travertines, or terraces of carbonate minerals left by flowing and cooling water, can be found in Pamukkale. Turks call it ‘Cotton Castle- Pamukkale' because it resembles cotton. People used to come to Hierapolis Ancient City, which is now a Unesco World Heritage Site, to relieve their ailments during retirement and to die there. You can cool off by walking on the terraces or swimming in the Cleopatra Swimming Pool. (This is optional.) Lunch break at a local restaurant in the middle of the day.
After the tour, drive to Kuşadası/Selcuk (duration 3 hours). Check in to the hotel in Kusadası/Selcuk and overnight.
Day 7: Ephesus Tour (Breakfast-Lunch included)
After breakfast at the hotel, the tour guide will pick you up between 09:00 and 9:30 a.m. and take you on an Ephesus tour. Visits to the Artemis Temple, one of the ancient world's seven wonders, Ephesus Ancient City, Hadrian Temple, Celsus Library, Theater, Hamams, and Old Harbor. Lunch break at a local restaurant in the middle of the day. Last visit to the House of Virgin Mary, where Virgin Mary spent her final five years before her death and which the Vatican has designated as a pilgrimage site.
ps. At the conclusion of the tour, our visitors are treated to a fashion leather show; those who are not interested should inform the tour guide.
At the end of the tour, transfer to İzmir Airport for your return flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival at the airport, an agent will meet you and transport you to your hotel in Istanbul.
Day 8: Free Day in Istanbul (Breakfast included)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today is your free day in Istanbul. You can explore the city on your own, do some shopping and stroll in the city.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 9: Farewell to Turkey (Breakfast included)
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Transfer to the airport according to your flight time. You are required to do a self-check-in. Our service ends here. We would like to see you again in Turkey. Have a safe flight.
- Hotels with breakfast
- Domestic flights (15kg baggage allowance pp)
- Airport pickups and drop-offs mentioned on the itinerary
- Bus transfers
- Meals as specified on tours (special meals as vegetarian, vegan, halal options are also available)
- Entrance fees for sights and museums mentioned on the itinerary
- Professional English speaking guide
- Personal expenses
- Beverages during lunch
- Meals not specified
- Cleopatra Swimming Pool entrance fee
- Medical insurance
- Tip to guide and driver