9-Day Essential Turkey Tour from Istanbul with Airport Transfer

  • Tour code: 587-5555
  • Available: Mon (12/18 - 12/25), Sat
  • Depart from: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration: 9 Days 8 Nights
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Single: $1042
Double (/Person): $742
Third Person Adult: $742
Child : N/A
Fourth Person Adult: N/A
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  • Children are not allowed to join the tour. All passengers need to be over 18-year-old.

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 Istanbul
  • Day 2 Istanbul City Tour
  • Day 3 Istanbul - Gallipoli
  • Day 4 Troy - Pergamum - Kusadasi(338 km)
  • Day 5 Ephesus - Pamukkale(183 km)
  • Day 6 Pamukkale - Cappadocia
  • Day 7 Cappadocia
  • Day 8 Cappadocia - Ihlara - Istanbul(525 km)
  • Day 9 Istanbul
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Day 1 Istanbul

As guests arrive at the airport in Istanbul, they should keep their eyes open after exiting the terminal to find official tour representatives holding a sign for them. Once everyone has checked into the hotel, we will gather in the lobby at 6:00pm for a brief introductory meeting.
Dulexe Hotel: Ottoman Hotel Imperial or similar

Day 2 Istanbul City Tour

After breakfast, we will explore the magnificence of Istanbul, strolling through the old town to see the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, majestic Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sohpia Museum.

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    This historic mosque in Istanbul is nicknamed the "Blue Mosque" because of the magnificent blue tiles that adorn its interior. Built between 1609 and 1616, it represents the magnificent heights of Ottoman architecture.
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    This magnificent palace in Istanbul was once home to all the Ottoman sultans until the reign of Abdulmecid I (1839-1860). The complex served as a royal residence and a setting for various state occasions and royal entertainment.
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    The Hagia Sophia ("Holy Wisdom" in English) is a former Greek Orthodox basilica, built in the 6th century by the Byzantines, that was later converted to an imperial mosque under Ottoman rule. It now houses a museum.
Dulexe Hotel: Ottoman Hotel Imperial or similar

Day 3 Istanbul - Gallipoli

Today, we will leave Istanbul for the shores of Gallipoli, where we will visit important memorial sites including the Kabatepe War Museum, Anzac Cove, Chunuk Bair and Lone Pine.
Dulexe Hotel: 4 or 5-star hotel in Gallipoli

Day 4 Troy - Pergamum - Kusadasi(338 km)

After breakfast, we will head to the ruins of ancient Troy, the setting of Homer's timeless epic The Iliad. Then, we will continue to Pergamum and the remains of the Asklepion. In the evening, we will arrive in Kusadasi.

This city and seaport in Turkey sits on the southern coast of the Dardanelles (also called the Hellespont) at their narrowest point. It is the largest major city near the site of ancient Troy.

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    The ruins of the ancient city of Troy, the famous setting of Homer's masterful epic The Iliad, are located within the Canakkale province of Turkey, on the country's Aegean coast.

The ruins of this ancient Greek city can be found near Bakircay in modern-day Turkey. Many of the most notable structures are still preserved today, including the theater, the Temple of Dionysus, and the Temple of Demeter.

Dulexe Hotel: Marina Hotel Kudasasi or similar

Day 5 Ephesus - Pamukkale(183 km)

Today, we will visit Ephesus, the best preserved ancient city in Turkey. After exploring there, we will continue to Pamukkale to visit the ancient city of Hierapolis. After that, we will take in the beautiful and unusual landscape of the Cotton Cliffs.

The ruins at Ephesus were once an important ancient Greek city, located south of Izmir, Turkey. Important buildigns include the Library of Celsus, the Amphitheater, and the Temple of Artemis.

This site near Denizli, Turkey is known as the "White Castle" for its white limestone cliffs. For thousands of years, the inhabitants of and visitors to the area have used the thermal pools to relax.

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    Translated from ancient Greek, Hierapolis means "Holy City." Built atop the hot springs near Pamukkale, the city was abandoned in the late medieval period. It's Roman theater is one of the best-preserved examples of such theaters in the world.
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    The word "Pamukkale" means "cotton castle" in Turkish, and you will understand why with one look a the terraces of the cotton cliffs, which resemble a large, white citadel rising from the Turkish countryside.
Dulexe Hotel: Pam Thermal Hotel Pamukkale or similar

Day 6 Pamukkale - Cappadocia

Today, we will depart for Cappadocia, where we will visit the world famous Underground City, a region of exceptional wonders, both natural and man-made, characterized by its fairy chimneys and unique historical and cultural heritage.

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    The ancient citadel of Kaymakli in Cappadocia features a series of subterranean cave-dwellings. It appears that an entire community lived underground here. The ruins have helped archaeologists piece together some information about the lives led by the settlers here.
Dulexe Hotel: Burcu Kaya Hotel Cappadocia or similar

Day 7 Cappadocia

After breakfast, we will begin our exploration of Cappadocia, visiting the Goreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin, Uchisar and Pigeon Valley. We will end the day by visiting a local handicraft maker and learning about the area's traditional art.

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    A break from the traditional museum, this outdoor area in the heart of Cappadocia showcases the some of the region's famous churches and monasteries that have been built in the caves of these impressive rock formations.
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    Cavusin is a historic village in Cappadocia, where settlers carved homes right into the cliffs. At the summit of the cliff lie the ruins of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist, an impressive sight when it was whole.
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    The name "Uchisar" means "castle at the top," due to the citadel that was constructed in the caves of this rock, the highest point in all of Cappadocia. The town built on the slopes of the citadel offers fun experiences.
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    Carved into the ancient cliffs of Cappadocia, you will find specially-designed pigeon houses, used to house the domesticated avian population of the area at a time when pigeons were widely used for long-distance messaging purposes.
Dulexe Hotel: Burcu Kaya Hotel Cappadocia or similar

Day 8 Cappadocia - Ihlara - Istanbul(525 km)

This morning we visit the dramatically beautiful Ihlara Valley before continuing to Istanbul where we arrive late in the evening.
Dulexe Hotel: Ottoman Hotel Imperial or similar

Day 9 Istanbul

Our trip will come to an end in Istanbul after we check out of our hotel at 11:00am. After saying our goodbyes, we will go our separate ways.

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