9 Days Istanbul – Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale and Cappadocia – By Bus & Plane
Tour Style : Small Group Tour
Duration : 9 Days / 8 Nights
Departures : All year round – Guaranteed Departure
Highlights : Istanbul , Gallipoli, Troy, Canakkale, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia
Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul
Day 2 – Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Tour
Breakfast and Lunch Included
08:30 pick up from your hotel to visit the Hagia Sophia a 5th century church, once the greatest in all the world. The next stop is at the Blue Mosque renowned for its striking blue Iznik tiled interior. Afterwards, visit the ancient Roman Hippodrome. Following a lunch break in the old town, visit Imperial Palace of Topkapi from which Ottoman Sultans ruled their grand empire for over 400 years and visit the Suleymaniye Mosque. Tour finishes around 17:00, transfer back to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul
Day 3 – Bosphorus Cruise & Dolmabahce Palace Tour
Breakfast and Lunch Included
08:30 pick up from your hotel to visit Spice Market and followed by a boat cruise through the Bosphorus, the strait dividing the European and Asian continents, Following lunch break in the afternoon, visit the luxuriously opulent Dolmabahce Palace, the last residence of the sultans. A drive to the Asian part of Istanbul crossing the Intercontinental Bosphorus bridge to visit Camlica Hill The highest point where you can overlook Istanbul and take nice pictures.
Overnight in Istanbul
Day 4 – Istanbul – Gallipoli Battlefields Tour (L)
Depart early morning for afternoon tour of Gallipoli. The World War I battlefields of Gallipoli are now a serene site. Visit the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Anzac Cove, Johnston’s Jolly. Overnight Canakkale or Eceabat.
DAY 5 – Troy – Kusadasi/Selcuk (B)
Breakfast & check out from the hotel.
08:30 pick up from your hotel to Visit the ancient city of Troy Troy, famous for the legendary Trojan horse from the times of Beautiful Helen, Queen of Sparta, and Paris, the Trojan Prince. After our morning Troy tour, we drive back to Canakkale where you will board a local bus to Selcuk/Kusadasi.
19:30 Arrive Kusadasi or Selcuk. Met on arrival & transfer to hotel & Overnight stay in Kusadasi/Selcuk.
DAY 6 – Ephesus Tour (B-L-D)
08:30 You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of Ephesus & The House of Virgin Mary. First you will visit the Temple of Artemis, which once was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Then you will visit the world famous ancient Greco-Roman City of Ephesus , the best-preserved example in the world. After visiting this impressive site, you will have a lunch break. After lunch, you will visit The House of the Virgin Mary House of the Virgin Mary, where it is believed she spent her last days. This is a holy place for both Christians and Muslims. After tour transfer to your hotel for dinner and stay overnight.
DAY 7 – Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour (B-L)
Breakfast & check out the hotel.
08:00 You will be picked up from your hotel for full day tour of Pamukkale & Hierapolis. In Pamukkale , you will see the Cotton Cliffs, one of the natural wonders of the world formed by deposits of calcareous salts. Also visit the ancient ruins of the City of with its basilica , theatre and Roman Baths. After tour overnight bus to Cappadocia with non smoking, fully air-conditioned bus at 21:00 or 22:00. (duration 10 hours). There are three breaks on the way for your personal needs.
DAY 8 –Fairy Chimneys Tour at 09:30am
In this day you will be able to see:
DEVRENT VALLEY: Devrent is situated on the northern slopes of Aktepe, 1km from Pasabaglari (Monks’ Valley) and 5 km from Avanos. The ruins at Devrent are spread over three valleys, which also house several pointed fairy chimneys with large stems.
LOVE VALLEY: The best place to see three-headed fairy chimneys. Pasabag, the Pasha’s Vineyard, is surrounded by incredible natural rock formations; a spectacular scene.
AVANOS: A center of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC, it is a town where you will be invited to visit a traditional pottery workshop, which is possibly set deep into the hillsides. The clay, which comes from the Red River passing through the town, gives life both to the land and to the local economy.
UCHISAR: Uchisar is a troglodyte town situated right in the middle of Cappadocia. It is named after the enormous piece of rock in the center of the town, which was once used as a castle. This extraordinary rock is the highest peak of the area with the view of whole Cappadocia and Erciyes (Argeus) Mountain.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel at around 18:00. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 9 –Rose Valley & Mazıkoy Underground City Tour at 09:30am
You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of South Cappadocia. In this day you will be able to see:
KIZILCUKUR: is an isolated valley behind Urgup. It has beautiful rock formation with some great hidden rock-carved churches. The most interesting part of this area is the countless tracks connecting the small villages and towns through vineyards and gardens like a spider net. It is always possible to see villagers working in the area and offering grapes, apples or apricots to you.
CAVUSIN: One of the oldest settlements in the area, Cavusin is situated 2km from Goreme, on the Göreme-Avanos road. The Church of St.John the Baptist offers a panoramic view of the village. This church and its paintigs date back to the 5th century, making the oldest church in the region. It had a large courtyard which is unusual for Cappadocia, this has been eroded away
MAZIKOY: One of largest and deepest of the 40 others in Cappadocia. They both have eight floors, although not all are open to the public.
PIGEON HOUSE: Visit the pigeon houses and rock formations.
After the tour, transfer to airport.
20:30 Depart from Kayseri.
21:40 Arrive back in Istanbul & transfer to hotel. End of tour and services.
What is included
Pick up and drop off to your hotel.
. Overnight intercity coach ticket (Pamukkale to Cappadocia)
. Domestic Air tickets (Kayseri to Istanbul).
. All Hotels with Breakfast
. 2 Days Istanbul City Tour with Lunch
. 1 Half Day Gallipoli Tour
. 1 Half Day Troy Tour
. 1 Full Day Ephesus Tour
. 1 Full Day Pamukkale Tour
. 2 Full Days Cappadocia Tour
. All of the meals mentioned in the itinerary ( B-breakfast, L-lunch
. Professionally licensed English speaking guides on local tours.
. Transportation in a fully air-conditioned non-smoking coaches on local tours
. All taxes, entrance & museum fees..
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours:
Highly Recommended in Cappadocia :
- Hot-Air Balloon Flight in Cappadocia: 295 Euros per adult cash payment (no child reduction)
Hot-Air Balloon Watching Photo Tour by Taxi: 60 Euros per person (no child reduction)
- Whirling Dervishes Show: 40 Euros per person
- Turkish Night (traditional folk dances, belly dancers, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, 3-course meal, transfer to and from your hotel): 80 Euros per person
- Turkish Baths (Hamam): 80 Euros per person
- Horseriding: 60 Euros per person (1 hour)
- ATV / Quad: 55 Euros (1 hour)
Traditional Arts and Crafts in Turkey - Gifts and Souvenirs from Turkey:
Turkey has a rich history of authentic traditional handicrafts. Most famous Turkish items come from Cappadocia and goods were handmade here and transported along the Silk Road to Istanbul and the coastal areas.
Carpets and kilims: Carpets and kilims from Central Anatolia are world-famous. In Cappadocia, carpets are still handmade on authentic looms using natural dyes for the wool. You can see a free demonstration to see these age-old techniques still in use today.
Ceramic and pottery: Cappadocia has been famous since Hittite times for the beautiful and unique pottery and ceramics. Today, the best of the traditional ceramics and tiles on sale in Istanbul and other major cities are made in Avanos, Cappadocia.
Onyx and semi-precious stones: In Turkey, Cappadocia has the onyx mines where the highest quality onyx is found. Local artisans are experts at making items of jewellery made with precious and semi-precious stones, silver, and 22 and 24 carat gold.
Leather goods: Turkey is one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of leather goods. You can find a wide range of quality leather goods in Uchisar, Cappadocia.
Spices: Istanbul Spice Market, once the largest spice trading venue of the medieval world, with its abundant stalls still featuring piles of edible exotics is a definite highlight for anyone exploring Istanbul.