Essence of Turkey: A 9-Day Journey

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9 Days
Istanbul
Min Age : 3

İşte tarih, doğa ve yerel kültürün bir karışımını sunan 9 günlük Türkiye seyahat programı. Bu tur, Türkiye’nin zengin geçmişinin ve canlı bugününün özünü yakalayan çeşitli şehirlere ziyaretleri kapsamaktadır.

Tour Details

Discover Turkey like never before on this exceptional 9-day guided tour that takes you through millennia of history, awe-inspiring natural wonders, and the rich tapestry of Turkish culture and cuisine. From the bustling bazaars and imposing palaces of Istanbul to the sacred ruins of Ephesus; from the shimmering white cascades of Pamukkale to the serene Mediterranean ambiance of Antalya; and from the mysterious cave dwellings of Cappadocia to the towering “fairy chimneys,” this tour encapsulates the spirit and allure of Turkey in an unforgettable experience.

Departure & Return Location

Istanbul

Price Includes

  • Lodging Choices: Select from a range of hotel categories to suit your comfort and budget.
  • Guided Excursions: Join scheduled group tours or opt for personalized, private tours upon request.
  • Knowledgeable Guides: Benefit from the expertise of certified guides throughout your sightseeing adventures.
  • Admission Costs: All primary entry fees to attractions as specified in the itinerary are covered.
  • Meal Inclusions: Enjoy a variety of meals as outlined in your day-by-day itinerary.
  • Travel in Comfort: Experience seamless journeys in deluxe air-conditioned vehicles for all tours and airport shuttles.
  • Inter-City Transport: Inclusive of all domestic travel arrangements, whether by land or air, to move you between destinations.
  • All-Inclusive Fees: Taxes and service charges are included for your convenience.
  • Round-the-Clock Support: Avail of continuous 24/7 assistance for the duration of your trip.

Price Excludes

  • Dinners
  • Drinks during the lunches on the tours
  • Personal expenses like shopping
  • Tipping (recommended)
What to Expect

Dive into this grand Turkish escapade designed not just as a trip, but as an immersion into a land where history and modernity, tradition and natural wonder come together to create a vibrant tapestry that’s unlike any other. Ready to embark on an adventure of a lifetime? Read on for your day-by-day guide to this awe-inspiring tour of Turkey.

  • Comprehensive yet Relaxed: Covering multiple cities and iconic landmarks, our itinerary offers an enriching experience without feeling rushed.
  • Local Flavor: Dine on authentic meals and engage in activities that offer a real taste of Turkish culture.
  • Expert Guidance: Each location comes alive through the insights and narratives offered by your expert guide, making your journey both educational and enthralling.
  • Comfort & Convenience: With all domestic flights, meals, and accommodations taken care of, you can focus solely on the beauty and culture that surrounds you.
Itinerary

Day 1Istanbul Arrival: A Tale of Two Continents

Upon landing at Istanbul’s bustling airport, a personal guide eagerly awaits to whisk you away to your upscale hotel nestled in the heart of the vibrant Beyoglu district. Once checked-in, take the remaining hours of the day to casually wander through the cobblestone streets, perhaps enjoying a welcoming Turkish dinner at a local eatery.

Day 2Istanbul Unveiled: Sultans, Spices & Splendors

Morning pick-up from your hotel takes you to the historic Sultanahmet area. Here, your guide explains the fascinating stories behind the Blue Mosque’s intricate designs, Hagia Sophia’s transformation over the centuries, and the Byzantine Hippodrome’s significance. Your exploration concludes at the Grand Bazaar, where you can haggle for souvenirs over a cup of traditional Turkish tea.

Day 3Istanbul’s Waters

The day begins with the sensory overload of the Spice Market, rich with the aroma of exotic spices and sweets. A leisurely Bosphorus Cruise follows, giving you a new perspective of Istanbul’s skyline. Your guide then takes you through the Bosphorous Bridge to Camlica Hill for panoramic vistas, before concluding the day at the opulent Dolmabahce Palace.

Day 4A Time-Travel to Ephesus

Board a morning flight to Izmir, from where you’re driven to Selcuk. The tour begins at the humble House of Virgin Mary, and moves on to the grandeur of ancient Ephesus, filled with stunning ruins like the Library of Celsus and Hadrian’s Gate. Before a cozy night in Kusadasi, you’ll make stops at the Temple of Artemis and the peaceful Isabey Mosque.

Day 5Unearth the Natural and Historical Gems of Pamukkale

Your journey takes you to the mesmerizing white terraces of Pamukkale. After a delectable lunch, wander through the Roman City ruins of Hierapolis. Take a dip in the therapeutic waters of Cleopatra’s pool, before heading to your next destination, the coastal city of Antalya, in a comfortable private vehicle.

Day 6Reliving Antiquity near Antalya

Embark on a tour to the ancient city of Perge, followed by the remarkably well-preserved Aspendos amphitheater. After sampling local cuisine for lunch, continue to Side for more historical exploration, concluding the day with a visit to the enchanting Kursunlu Waterfalls.

Day 7A Cappadocian Dream

After a short flight to Cappadocia, your guide takes you to the surreal landscapes of Devrent and Monk’s Valley, renowned for their fairy chimneys. The village of Avanos comes next, offering a pottery-making experience, before the day winds down at the Goreme Open-Air Museum’s rock-carved churches.

Optional Add-On | Hot-Air Balloon Ride Over Cappadocia

Day 8Subterranean Wonders and Fairy-Tale Scenery in Cappadocia

The day commences with a peaceful walk in Red & Rose Valley, followed by a visit to the historical Christian Village of Cavusin. After an outdoor lunch, descend into the labyrinthine Kaymakli Underground City and stop by Ortahisar Castle for an awe-inspiring view, before your evening flight back to Istanbul.

Day 9Fond Farewell to Turkey

Savor your last traditional Turkish breakfast at the hotel. Shortly thereafter, your driver ensures a smooth transition to the airport, where you’ll prepare for your onward journey, taking with you indelible memories of Turkey’s enchanting landscapes and rich history.

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