9 Days Turkey Tour: Istanbul ➝ Ephesus ➝ Pamukkale ➝ Antalya ➝ Cappadocia

Experience a 9-day odyssey through Turkey’s wonders, from Istanbul‘s historic splendor to Ephesus‘ ancient marvels, Pamukkale‘s captivating terraces, Antalya‘s coastal beauty, and Cappadocia‘s surreal landscapes. Book now for an unforgettable journey!

  • Istanbul: Delve into the heart of Turkey’s culture, history, and modernity with visits to iconic landmarks like the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque.
  • Ephesus: Step back in time amidst the ancient ruins of Ephesus, home to the Library of Celsus, the Great Theater, and the Temple of Artemis.
  • Pamukkale: Experience the surreal beauty of Pamukkale’s white terraces, formed by calcium-rich thermal waters cascading down the mountainside.
  • Antalya: Explore the picturesque coastal city of Antalya, known for its stunning beaches, ancient ruins, and vibrant Old Town.
  • Cappadocia: Marvel at the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia, characterized by fairy chimneys, cave dwellings, and breathtaking hot air balloon rides.
Duration: 9 Days
Tour Type: Regular
Departure Days: Everyday
Starting Place: Istanbul
Ending Place: Istanbul
Transportation: +
Istanbul ➝ Ephesus ➝ Pamukkale ➝ Antalya ➝ Cappadocia

ITINERARY

Day 1 - Arrival in Istanbul

Meal: No Meal

When you arrive at Istanbul, our confidential transportation service will pick you up from the airport to transfer you to the hotel. Today you may want to rest the whole day because of tiring travel. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Stay overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2 - Istanbul Old City Tour

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch

08:30 ─ After the breakfast at the hotel, our staff will pick you up from the hotel and you will begin with a cultural tour in Istanbul.

  1. Hagia Sophia: Explore the iconic former cathedral and mosque, now a museum, showcasing Byzantine and Ottoman architectural grandeur.
  2. Blue Mosque: Admire the stunning domes and minarets of this 17th-century mosque, known for its exquisite blue tiles and intricate decorations.
  3. Hippodrome: Step into the ancient chariot racing arena, now a public square surrounded by historic monuments like the Egyptian Obelisk and Serpent Column.
  4. Grand Bazaar: Lose yourself in the labyrinth of stalls offering everything from spices to jewelry in one of the world’s oldest and largest covered markets.
  5. Topkapi Palace: Discover the opulent former residence of Ottoman sultans, housing priceless treasures, stunning courtyards, and panoramic views of the city.

17:00 ─ The Istanbul old city tour will be over.
You will be transferred to your hotels.

Stay overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3 - Bosphorus Lunch Cruise

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch

13:00 ─ You will be picked up from your hotel and we will tranfer you to our Bosphorus cruise boat.

Indulge in a delightful culinary journey aboard a Bosphorus lunch cruise. Savor delicious Turkish cuisine while enjoying panoramic views of Istanbul’s iconic landmarks along the picturesque Bosphorus Strait. Book your gourmet adventure today!

16:00 ─ The half-day Bosphorus cruise will be over.
You will be transferred back to your hotel.

Stay overnight in Istanbul.

Day 4 - Fly to Izmir & Ephesus Tour

Meal: Lunch

04:00 ─ After the checkout from the hotel, you will be picked up.
You will be transferred to the airport.
07:00 ─ Flying to Izmir from Istanbul. (Exactly flight time will be confirmed at the time of booking according to availability.)
08:00 ─ Landing to the Izmir Airport.
When you will arrive at Izmir, we will transfer you to Ephesus Ancient City.

  1. Ephesus Ancient City: Walk through history in one of the most well-preserved ancient cities, showcasing impressive monuments like the Library of Celsius and the Great Theatre.
  2. Temple of Artemis: Marvel at the remnants of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a testament to the grandeur of the ancient Greek world.
  3. House of Virgin Mary: Visit the serene pilgrimage site believed to be the final residence of the Virgin Mary, offering a peaceful retreat amidst lush surroundings.
  4. Isabey Mosque: Admire the exquisite architectural beauty of this historical mosque, renowned for its intricate designs and elegant domes.

17:00 ─ The Ephesus tour ends.
You will be transferred to your hotels in Kusadasi.

Stay overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 5 - Full Day Pamukkale Tour

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch

08:00 ─ You will be picked up from the hotel in Kuşadası, and transferred to Pamukkale.

  1. Pamukkale: Experience the mesmerizing natural wonder of Pamukkale, known for its stunning white calcium terraces formed by thermal springs.
  2. Calcium Terraces: Marvel at the surreal landscape created by mineral-rich waters cascading down the mountainside, creating terraces of shimmering white.
  3. Hierapolis Ancient City: Explore the ancient ruins of Hierapolis, an ancient Greco-Roman city known for its well-preserved theaters, temples, and necropolis.
  4. Cleopatra Antique Pool: Take a dip in the legendary thermal pool where Cleopatra is believed to have swum, enjoying the soothing waters amid historical surroundings. Please note that swimming at the pool is at your own expense.

Health Benefits of Pamukkale: Reap the benefits of Pamukkale’s mineral-rich waters, known for their therapeutic properties, including skin rejuvenation and relaxation.

16:00 ─ The Pamukkale tour ends.
You will be transferred to your hotels in Pamukkale.

Stay overnight in Pamukkale.

Day 6 - Bus to Antalya

Meal: Breakfast

12:00 ─ Our driver will come to your hotel in Pamukkale.
Transfer to the bus station.
12:30 ─ Bus trip to Antalya.
15:30 Upon your arrival at the bus station, our staff will welcome you.
Transfer to your hotel in Antalya.

Stay overnight in Antalya.

Day 7 - Perge, Aspendos, Side, and Kursunlu Waterfall Tour

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch

09:00 ─ Our driver will come to your hotel and transfer to Antalya tour area.

  1. Perge: Explore the ancient ruins of Perge, once a thriving Greek city, featuring well-preserved structures like the stadium, agora, and Roman baths.
  2. Aspendos: Marvel at the impressive Roman theater of Aspendos, one of the best-preserved ancient theaters in the world, known for its remarkable acoustics.
  3. Side: Discover the charming coastal town of Side, blending ancient ruins with modern amenities, offering picturesque beaches, a bustling harbor, and a well-preserved ancient theater.
  4. Kursunlu Waterfall: Experience the natural beauty of Kursunlu Waterfall, nestled amidst lush greenery in a tranquil forest park, offering a refreshing retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle.

16:00 ─ Antalya Tour ends.
17:00 ─ Transfer to the bus station.
[At an extra cost, you can fly to Cappadocia from Antalya instead of bus trip. Please contact us before if you want to fly.]
19:00 ─ The bus trip starts. Bus trip has breaks for your personal needs. It takes around 10-11 hours to get Cappadocia.

Overnight internal bus trip to Cappadocia.

Day 8 - Free Day in Cappadocia

Meal: Lunch

Around 05:00 ─ Our staff will welcome you at the bus station.
Transfer to your hotel in Cappadocia.

The rest of the day is free.

Stay overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 9 - Cappadocia Day Tour & Fly to Istanbul

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch

Additional activity 1: Hot air balloon flight is strongly recommended. The price of the balloon tour is not included in this package.
Additional activity 2: If you want to take amazing photos with hot air balloons, you should join Cappadocia hot air balloon watching tour.

10:00 ─ After breakfast and check-out from the hotel, we will transfer you to the Cappadocia Tour area.

  1. Devrent Valley: Encounter whimsical rock formations, sculpted by nature into imaginative shapes, offering a surreal landscape for exploration.
  2. Pasabag Valley: Marvel at the iconic fairy chimneys and unique rock formations, creating an otherworldly atmosphere.
  3. Goreme: Explore the ancient village dotted with cave dwellings and churches, showcasing remarkable rock-cut architecture.
  4. Avanos Pottery Workshop: Witness the age-old art of pottery-making in Avanos, where skilled artisans craft exquisite ceramics using traditional techniques.
  5. Zelve Open Air Museum: Step back in time at the abandoned cave village, admiring ancient dwellings and rock-cut churches carved into the cliffs.
  6. Uchisar Castle: Ascend to the highest point in Cappadocia to visit the imposing Uchisar Castle, carved into the natural rock formations, offering panoramic views of the surreal landscape.

17:00 ─ The second Cappadocia tour ends.
You will be transferred to the airport.
20:40 ─ You will fly from Cappadocia to Istanbul. (Flight time may change due to the season and availability of flight.)
21:50 ─ Landing to airport in Istanbul.
Our staff will welcome you at the airport.
Transfer to your hotel in Istanbul.

9 days refreshing Turkey holiday package tour will be ended.

INCLUSIONS

  • All accommodations as per the itinerary
  • All internal bus & flight tickets
  • All Airport transfers as mentioned by the itinerary
  • Professional tour guide
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Car park, gasoline, highway, and bridge fees
  • All transportations in the tour
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Personal Expenses
  • Drinks at lunch
  • Dinners
  • Entrance to the Cleopatra Antique Pool in Pamukkale

HOTELS

Hotel in Istanbul

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Esans Hotel info tripadvisor
Sultan Hamit Hotel info tripadvisor
Sogut Hotel info tripadvisor
Sphendon Hotel Hotel info tripadvisor
Emine Sultan Hotel info tripadvisor
Otel Nanda Hotel info tripadvisor
Hali Hotel info tripadvisor

Hotel in Cappadocia

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Heaven Cave Hotel info tripadvisor
Zula Cave Hotel info tripadvisor
Tibet Stone Hotel info tripadvisor
Peace Stone Hotel info tripadvisor
Nature Park Hotel info tripadvisor
Tafana Cave Hotel info tripadvisor
ShoeString Stone Hotel info tripadvisor
Perissia Hotel info tripadvisor

Hotel in Kusadasi and Selcuk

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Karaaslan Hotel info tripadvisor
Suhan360 Hotel info tripadvisor
Urkmez Hotel info tripadvisor
Efe Boutique Hotel info tripadvisor
Derici Hotel info tripadvisor
Nilya Hotel info tripadvisor
Rebetika Hotel info tripadvisor

Hotel in Pamukkale

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Venus Hotel info tripadvisor
Melrose Viewpoint Hotel info tripadvisor
Ayapam Hotel info tripadvisor
Tripolis Hotel info tripadvisor
Herakles Thermal Hotel info tripadvisor

Hotel in Antalya

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Argos Hotel info tripadvisor
Afflon Hotel info tripadvisor
Cender Hotel info tripadvisor
Mediterra Art Hotel info tripadvisor
BW Plus Khan Hotel info tripadvisor

The price of the tour covers hotel accommodations as mentioned above or similar quality hotels.

Option 1: We can upgrade your hotel accommodation according to your request at an additional cost.

Option 2: If you would like to book your hotel, we can cut mentioned hotel price out. And, we can quote a new tour package price without the hotel.

You can book the tour directly online if the mentioned hotels are suitable for you. If not, please make a request.

ACTIVITIES

Option 1: Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Flight
Cappadocia hot air balloon flight is the best activity to do in Cappadocia. Book a hot air balloon flight with the best price guarantee.
Option 2: Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Watching Tour
You should join the Cappadocia hot air balloon watching tour if you want to take amazing pictures and if you have acrophobia.
Option 3: Cappadocia ATV Quad Safari
If you want to explore Cappadocia region while riding ATV, this tour is the best option for you. Includes guiding, pick-up and drop-off.
Option 4: Cappadocia Horseback Riding Safari
Horseback safari is one of the best activities to do in Cappadocia. Firstly we teach you the basic rules, and then you can start exploring Cappadocia.
Option 5: Cappadocia Turkish Night Show and Dinner
Have fun with the traditional Turkish Night Show in Cappadocia. You will have a delicious dinner and unlimited local alcohol.

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REMARKS

  • Exact pickup time will be given at the time of booking.
  • You are kindly requested to present yourself at the pickup point 15 minutes prior to the pre-advised pickup time.
  • Comfortable shoes and a hat are recommended as shade is limited in the summertime.
  • The tour itinerary’s order may vary to avoid congestion.
  • If you want to join the hot air balloon flight, you can book it at the optional activities section.
  • On your 6th day, we can arrange a flight from Antalya to Cappadocia at an extra cost. If you want to fly, please contact us before booking.

4 REVIEWS

  1. Trisha

    My family and l spent nine days in Turkey, touring Istanbul, Cappadocia, Kusadasi Ephesus, and Pamukkkemule. We had a very fun and amusing excursion, with nice and suitable hotels, the fantastic local tour guides who were passionate about sharing the history of each site we visited. Thank all.

  2. Mohammad

    We just wanted to thank you and all your travel team for the trip. All of them went smoothly and we had a superb time with my family in Turkey. All the local tour guides were ideal. The drivers meeting us from planes and buses were there on time as planned. All our family tour package went impeccable from the beginning to the end. We will highly recommend you and will revisit you again. Best regards.

  3. Tommy

    It is a well-organized trip, fully escorted from the beginning until the end. Hotels are ideal. We really enjoyed all the sightseeing places we visited and would like to travel back to spend more time exploring Turkey. Especially in Cappadocia and the big cities. All the people we met were wonderful and our tour guides were excellent.

  4. Jarrosson

    Worth 5 stars… The entire tour was a little expensive for us but overall excellent. The pickup time was prompt and since it was a small group of only 14 travelers (7 couples), the pick up from each hotel was very quick. The tour guide was Hamza and the driver was Cemil, high praises for both. All very accommodating and understanding. Hamza was knowledgeable and knew the history. And was also honest enough to admit when he didn’t know the answers to complex questions. The places we visited seeped in history.In many instances, history and mythology blended to give us a clue to the Turkish culture. I will not go into details of the places we visited and what we saw in each destination. That definitely depends on people’s preferences. The first we stayed at Hotel Dosso Dossi in Istanbul. The next at Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel in Kusadasi and Colossae Thermal Hotel in Pamukkale. The next hotel was Khan Hotel in Antalya and the last hotel was the Mdc Cave Hotel in Cappadocia. All of them were very good. We recommend this travel group for everyone.

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