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

This 9-day Turkey tour crams in historic cities, ancient wonders, and breathtaking landscapes. Explore Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Cappadocia, all with ease and the chance to relax or add adventures like ballooning.

  • Covers Turkey’s highlights: Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia.
  • History and culture immersion: Byzantine, Ottoman, Greek influences.
  • Stunning scenery: Bosphorus Strait, Aegean Sea, Taurus Mountains.
  • Relaxation and activities: exploration, swimming, hiking, hot air ballooning.
  • Easy way to see many destinations: reduces planning stress.
Duration: 9 Days
Tour Type: Regular
Departure Days: Everyday
Starting Place: Istanbul
Ending Place: Istanbul
Transportation: +
Istanbul ➝ Ephesus ➝ Pamukkale ➝ Cappadocia

ITINERARY

Day 1 - Arrival in Istanbul

Meal: No Meal

When you arrive at an airport in Istanbul, our staff will welcome you at the airport.
Transfer you to the hotel in Istanbul.

You can rest after the tiring flight. Or you can explore the city on your own.

Stay overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2 - Full Day Istanbul City Tour

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch

08:30 ─ After having breakfast at the hotel, our staff will come to pick you up. And you will be transferred to the first destination of the Istanbul city tour.

Here’s a shortlist about some of Istanbul’s most popular tourist destinations:

  1. Hagia Sophia: Once a church, then a mosque, Hagia Sophia is a architectural marvel that has spanned centuries and empires. Its massive dome and beautiful mosaics are a must-see.
  2. Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque): Famous for its dazzling blue Iznik tiles, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is an active mosque and a stunning example of Ottoman architecture.
  3. Hippodrome: A former chariot racing stadium, the Hippodrome is now a park with obelisks and statues that harken back to the Roman and Byzantine eras.
  4. Grand Bazaar: This enormous covered market is a shopper’s paradise, with hundreds of stalls selling carpets, jewelry, spices, and more. Be prepared to bargain!
  5. Topkapi Palace: The opulent Topkapi Palace was the home of Ottoman sultans for centuries. Visitors can explore the grand halls, courtyards, and treasury, and get a glimpse into the lives of Ottoman royalty.

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

Stay overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3 - Bosphorus Cruise Tour

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch

After having breakfast at the hotel, you will have free time to explore the town until tour pick-up time.

12:30/13:00 ─ Our staff will come to pick you up. And you will be transferred to the boat for lunch and a sightseeing cruise on Bosphorus between Europe & Asia continents.

Bosphorus cruise (cruise between Europe and Asia): just take a seat on our boat and get your camera ready for the best view of Istanbul’s landmarks from the sea (from the boat only, no interior visit). You will have a sea view of the Bosphorus Bridge, Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, old mansions and old Pasha villas, Rumeli Hisari Fortress, and Istanbul city.

17:00 ─ Bosphorus Cruise tour ends.

Stay overnight in Istanbul.

Day 4 - Fly to Izmir & Ephesus Day Tour

Meal: Lunch

04:00 ─ After the checkout from the hotel, our driver will come to your hotel.
You will be transferred to the airport.
07:00 ─ Flying to Izmir from Istanbul. (Please note that flight departure and arrival time may change according to season)
08:00 ─ Landing to the Izmir Airport.
When you will arrive at Izmir, our staff will welcome you and transferred to Ephesus Ancient City.

  1. Marble Streets: Walk the same paths as ancient Greeks and Romans along these grand avenues.
  2. The Odeon: A smaller theater used for musical performances and poetry readings.
  3. The Agora: A bustling marketplace where people came to shop and socialize. There are two agoras in Ephesus, the State Agora and the Commercial Agora.
  4. The Temple of Hadrian: An impressive temple dedicated to the Roman emperor Hadrian.
  5. The Monumental Fountains: Once a vital source of water for the city, these fountains are now impressive ruins.
  6. The Library of Celsius: An iconic two-storied library facade, originally built to house scrolls and important documents.
  7. The Great Amphitheatre: A massive theater that could seat up to 25,000 spectators.
  8. The Roman Baths: Public bathhouses where people went to socialize, bathe, and exercise.
  9. House of Virgin Mary: A small house believed by some to be the final resting place of the Virgin Mary.
  10. Temple of Artemis: One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, although all that remains today are ruins.
  11. Isabey Mosque: A 14th-century mosque built on the site of an earlier Byzantine church.

16:00 ─ The Ephesus tour will be over.
You will be transferred to your hotels in Kusadasi.

Stay overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 5 - Pamukkale Day Tour

Meal: Lunch

08:00 ─ You will be picked up from the hotel in Kusadasi.
Transfer to Pamukkale.

  1. Pamukkale Terraces: These otherworldly white travertine terraces cascade down a hillside, forming natural pools. Visitors can walk barefoot on the calcium pools, enjoying the warm water.
  2. Hierapolis Ancient City: Located on top of the white terraces, Hierapolis was a Roman spa city. Explore its ruins, including the Temple of Apollo, a theater, and a necropolis.
  3. Cleopatra’s Antique Pool: This ancient pool is part of the Hierapolis ruins and is filled with warm mineral water. Legend has it that Cleopatra bathed here, though its true history is not entirely clear.

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

Stay overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 6 - Fly to Cappadocia & Free Day

Meal: Breakfast

Our driver will come to your hotel in Kusadasi.
Transfer to the airport.
Fly to Cappadocia.. (Flight times are changeable according to the season and availability)
Arrival at Cappadocia Airport. 
Transfer to your hotel in Cappadocia.

Somedays there is no direct flight to Izmir from Cappadocia. If there is a direct flight on your travel date, we will book it for you. Otherwise, you will fly to Cappadocia via Istanbul

Stay overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 7 - North of Cappadocia Tour

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch

Additional activity 1: Hot air balloon flight is strongly recommended. The price of the balloon flight is not included in this package.
Additional activity 2: If you don’t have a taste for flying in a hot air balloon, Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Watching is the next best thing. The sight of those colorful balloons floating through the skies is stunning!

09:30 ─ After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Cappadocia Tour area.

  1. Devrent Valley (Imagination Valley): Use your imagination! This valley has unique rock formations resembling animals.
  2. Pasabag Valley (Monks Valley): Hike through vineyards with mushroom-shaped rock formations and see carved churches.
  3. Goreme: Explore the heart of Cappadocia with cave dwellings and the Goreme Open Air Museum with rock-cut churches.
  4. Avanos Pottery Workshop: A village famous for traditional pottery making for centuries.
  5. Zelve: An open-air museum with cave houses, churches, and pigeon houses carved into cliffs.
  6. Uchisar Castle (from the outside): Hike to the highest point in Cappadocia for panoramic views and explore a carved castle.

17:00 ─ The first Cappadocia tour will be ended.
You will be transferred to your hotels in Cappadocia.

Stay overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 8 - South of Cappadocia Tour & Fly Istanbul

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch

09:30 ─ After breakfast and checkout, you will be picked up from your hotels and transferred to the first location.

  1. Rose Valley: Hike through a picturesque valley named for its rosy-hued rock formations.
  2. Underground City: Explore a fascinating network of tunnels and chambers carved deep underground, once used as hiding places by early Christians.
  3. Pigeon Valley: See unique pigeon houses carved into the cliffs and admire the panoramic views. Pigeons were historically important for fertilizer.
  4. Gulludere Valley (Rose Valley): This might be a repeat of Rose Valley, as “Gulludere” can also translate to “Rose Valley.” If it’s a different location, expect another scenic valley with interesting rock formations.
  5. Cavusin Village: Explore a village carved into the rock face, featuring cave houses, churches, and stunning views.

17:00 ─ The second Cappadocia tour will be ended.
You will be transferred to the Kayseri or Nevşehir Airports according to the flight availability.
19:30 ─ You will fly to Istanbul.
(Please note that flight departure and arrival time may change according to season and month)
20:50 ─ Landing to the Istanbul. 
Our staff will welcome you at the airport.
Transfer to your hotel in Istanbul.

Stay overnight in Istanbul.

Day 9 - Fly Home & End of the Tour

Meal: Breakfast

You will have breakfast at the hotel, and check out before 12:00.
According to your international flight details, our driver will come to your hotel.
Transfer to the airport.

9 days captivating Turkey tour package ends.

INCLUSIONS

  • Internal flight & bus tickets in the program (luggage allowance: 15kg check-in + 8kg cabin)
  • All transportations in the tour program
  • All accommodations as per the itinerary
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation in Istanbul
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Kusadasi
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Cappadocia
  • Pick up and drop off for the tours
  • Professional tour guide on the tours
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Car park, gasoline, highway, and bridge fees
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Personal Expenses
  • Drinks at the lunches
  • Dinners
  • Entrance to the Cleopatra Antique Pool in Pamukkale
  • Optional Tours

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
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

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 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 3: 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 4: 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 is recommended as shade is limited in the summertime.
  • The order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion.
  • If you want to join the hot air balloon flight, you can book it on the optional activities section in the booking form.
  • If there is no direct flight from Izmir to Cappadocia or Cappadocia to Izmir on your travel dates then we use a flight connection via Istanbul.

9 REVIEWS

  1. Elvis

    I and my auntie took a tour with toursce. We came from California. We originally signed up for 9 days but we found out we had 12 days holiday. Toursce was so flexible with our itinerary with the last minute changes. They are so quick to respond on phone/whatsapp and very reliable. Our 12 days in Turkey went by so smoothly and we had a superb time. We have seen a lot in just a short period of time. We are very pleased with the service that toursce provided. Definitely would use this travel agency group and will recommend this to my family and friends. Highly recommended, very reliable, and great service!

  2. Fabiano

    My wife and I had an astounding vacation in Turkey. Thanks to Toursce tour company for arranging such a wonderful itinerary. We also want to thank your local tour guides for their knowledge and charisma. We hope to come back to beautiful Turkey again soon to explore places we were unable to see during this trip. Again, thank you Toursce travel group.

  3. Sarah

    Firstly we want to give Erkan a major shout-out for putting together an amazing tour of Turkey for us. He really went above and beyond to organize everything for us and he even helped coordinate our covid19 testing at our hotel before returning back to the US. We are honestly so grateful to him for making our first time in Turkey an amazing experience. We only wish we could have met her to thank him in person. You are the best Erkan! Everyone on the tour itinerary that worked with Erkan had nothing but good things to say about how awesome he is.
    Aylin and Oktay together for our 2-day tour of Cappadocia were a lot of fun and their energy made the tour exciting. Aylin is soo much fun and so funny! Both of them made everyone in our tour group feel cared for.
    We had a great time on the Ephesus ancient city and white Pamukkale tours. That was so much fun and Birgul was an amazing local tour guide. I would highly recommend Birgul as a guide in Ephesus and Cotton Castle. We had a great time on these tours.
    We ended our tour program with mystic Istanbul and had a full-day tour with Ugur. I read a lot of reviews on the trip advisor mentioning Ugur as their tour guide so I requested him for our private tour. Let me say that Ugur is so worth the hype. He was amazing! I was tempted to hire him to hang out with us the next day just because he was so much fun and knew everything about the history of Turkey. We learned soo much from him. He took us to an amazing place to eat fish in Istanbul and showed us how to have real Turkish coffee 🙂
    Overall I’m glad We went with ToursCE Turkey company for organizing my visit to Turkey. We would highly recommend their travel team to anyone wanting to visit this beautiful country. Thank you again Erkan!

  4. Richard

    The local guides, your staff were pleasant and helpful. The visiting sights we amazing and far exceeded my expectations. The accommodation was so clean. Great program I would highly recommend.

  5. Gaylord

    We had a great time in Turkey, thanks to Tuna’s arrangement and advice. we usually don’t have plans on my trip but traveling in Turkey surely needs some help especially on the traffic and destinations. Tuna suggested to us the places I should see for 9 days and arranged everything. Even I was thinking to take the night bus because I did not know that there is a direct flight between Ephesus to Cappadocia. He did a great job for us. Arranged all of our transfers, hotels, and tours in Istanbul, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, and Cappadocia. He was very prompt in answering on the phone and Whatsapp any queries and we are so glad we chose their services. The transfers were all very smooth and all our tour guides were excellent in the tours, informative and wonderful with my little child. Turkey is a beautiful country not only because of the scene, but also the enchanting history that makes those cities/country even attractive. It would be great to visit this country again! I would highly recommend them!

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