Highlights of Turkey tour takes you to the most essential sites to see over 8 days. Start off with vibrant Istanbul and discover the diverse history and incredible monuments before a cruising on the Bosphorus. Ride to the magical Cappadocia and watch the fairy-chimneys unfold from a hot-air balloon. Splash into white-washed thermal pools of Pamukkale and walk the impressive ruins of Ephesus. Then fly back to Istanbul in comfort.
The exterior features a beautiful cascade of domes and six minarets and blue Iznik tiles adorn the interior giving the building its unofficial but commonly used name.
A region of exceptional natural and man-made wonders. Take the chance to discover underground cities carved into rock, fairy chimneys and many more...
The Hagia Sophia, among the Seven Wonders of the World, awaits you with all its magnificence. The hundreds of years old structure will fascinate you on sight.
Home of the world-famous travertines, the cotton castle. You will witness the unusual and beautiful scenery just near the ancient city of Hierapolis, the ancient cure center.
Home of the Sultans, heart of the Ottoman Empire… Roam through the royal palace of the Ottomans and follow their footsteps to see their most valued treasures.
Day 1: Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey! At the Istanbul airport terminal keep your eyes peeled for the Travel Talk sign for your transfer to the hotel. Meet in the hotel lobby at 7:00pm for an informal meeting with your group and guide. Until then, you can start to explore Istanbul like climbing to the top of the Galata Tower for epic views or splash some cash at the Grand Bazaar. After the meeting, join in an optional group dinner at a local restaurant to get to know your new travel mates.
Ottoman Legacy Hotel – 5 Star
Day 2: Istanbul City Tour
After breakfast, we begin to experience the magnificence of Istanbul. We will stroll through the historical heart of the old city, making stops along the way to the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, majestic Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia Museum. In the afternoon take an optional cruise down the Bosphorus river and see the epic skyline.
Ottoman Legacy Hotel – 5 Star
Sightseeing of Blue Mosque
Sightseeing of Hagia Sophia Museum
Sightseeing of Topkapi Palace Museum
Blue Mosque - Free
Hagia Sophia Museum 100 TL
Topkapi Palace Museum 100 TL
Day 3: Cappadocia
Today we sit back and relax in the coach. Watch the amazing Turkish scenery unfold before us and see small towns and villages as we pass on by. We will drive through the capital city of Ankara before we reach Cappadocia. In the afternoon, we will visit Derinkuyu Underground City, a city complete with a church, wells, food stores, and even stables which is all located 60m under the ground. End the day with an optional traditional Hamman (Turkish bath).
Avrasya Hotel - 4 Star
Sightseeing of Derinkuyu Underground City
Rise and shine, it will be an early start for our optional sunrise hot air balloon ride over the stunning landscapes and fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Or if preferred enjoy a leisurely start to the morning before we all fill up on breakfast. We will explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Göreme, and tick off bucket list sights along the way including Göreme Musuem, Pigeon Valley, Uchisar and Cavusin. Tonight, get your dancing shoes on for our optional Turkish Night.
Avrasya Hotel - 4 Star
Goreme Open Air Museum Visit
Sightseeing of Cavusin
Sightseeing of Pigeon Valley
Sightseeing of Uchisar
Turkish Night Show - 160 TL
Hot Air Balooning - 195 EUR
Goreme Open Air Museum - 75 TL
Day 5: Cappadocia, Pamukkale
It’s time to hit the road to Pamukkale. Along the way we will stop at Ihlara Valley, a unique honeycombed canyon with rock-cut underground dwellings and churches from the Byzantine period. Time to rest up at our overnight stay in Pamukkale.
Hierapark Hotel - 4 Star
Sightseeing of Ihlara Valley
Day 6: Pamukkale, Ephesus, Kusadasi
Get your cameras ready, as it is time to visit Pamukkale, or ‘cotton castle’ in Turkish. Pamukkale is a natural site that contains hot springs and travertine, giving the appearance of terraces made by carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white castle and people have bathed in its pools for thousands of years. Our next stop is the spectacular, well preserved ancient city of Ephesus. Ephesus was cited in the book of Revelations, and historians believe the Gospel of John was written here. Famed for the Temple of Artemis which was completed around 550 BC and is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. We will sleep overnight in the seaside town of Kusadasi.
Marina Hotel - 4 Star
Sightseeing of Pamukkale White Terraces
Pamukkale White Terraces - 80 TL
Day 7: Kusadasi, Izmir, Istanbul
After breakfast, transfer to İzmir airport for your flight to Istanbul.
Legacy Ottoman Hotel - 5 Star
Day 8: Istanbul
Our trip will end in Istanbul after we say goodbye to our new friends over breakfast and check-out of the hotel by 11:00am.
All prices are per person, based on double, twin or triple share occupancy. Solo passengers not wishing to pay a single supplement will be accommodated in a double, twin or triple room according to availability with a passenger(s) of the same gender. Single supplement needs only be paid if the passenger does not want to share and requests their own room. The supplement must be paid in addition to the tour fee. Discounts can only be applied at the time of booking and cannot be added at a later date, regardless of any changes made to the original booking.
All prices are per person, based on double, twin or triple share occupancy. Solo passengers not wishing
to pay a single supplement will be accommodated in a double, twin or triple room according to
availability with a passenger(s) of the same gender. Single supplement needs only be paid if the
passenger does not want to share and requests their own room. The supplement must be paid in addition to
the tour fee. Discounts can only be applied at the time of booking and cannot be added at a later date,
regardless of any changes made to the original booking.
The tour price covers the following services:
5 and 4 star hotels
From Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (on day 1)
7 breakfasts | 4 dinners
Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus, Flight between Izmir and Istanbul
Domestic Flight between Izmir and Istanbul.
Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licenced by the Ministry of Tourism
What is not included in the tour price?
Meals not stated in the itinerary
Items of a personal nature
Tips & gestures
Entrance fees to the sights and museums
Other services not stated in the itinerary
Hotels are subject to change depending on the group size.
LEGACY OTTOMAN HOTEL - ISTANBUL
MARINA HOTEL - KUSADASI
This hotel has a seafront location in the Aegean coast, only 250 metres from the beach. The hotel offers an outdoor pool and a terrace with panoramic views of the sea and Kusadasi Marina. The air-conditioned rooms of Marina Hotel Kusadasi include a minibar and an LCD TV with satellite channels.
HIERA PARK DELUXE HOTEL - PAMUKKALE
This hotel offers an absolute relaxation with it’s hot thermal pools & spa center.
AVRASYA HOTEL - CAPPADOCIA
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