Highlights of Turkey tour offers the most famous and important places in Turkey to visit in a short time. Istanbul, Cappadocia and Ephesus.
Istanbul Ataturk Airport (airport code: IST)
7 Days – 6 Nights
The tour will give you the opportunity to visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in only 7 Days: Istanbul, Cappadocia and Ephesus.
After your arrival to Istanbul Ataturk Airport, we will meet you in front of the exit gate at the international terminal; with a sign bearing your name and transfer you to your hotel in Old City area (Sultanahmet). You will have free time in the afternoon depending on your arrival time. It is possible to include some tours on this day if you are arriving in the morning. Overnight accommodation in Sultanahmet.
The tour will start with the pick-up from your hotel around 08:30. We will start with Roman Hippodrome (the site of ancient races, games and riots). It was also used for similar purposes during the Ottoman Era. Today, you can observe some of the historic monuments at site including Serpentine Column, Egyptian Obelisk and German Fountain). After that we will continue with Blue Mosque. Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque), a unique example of Ottoman architecture. The inside walls of the Mosque are decorated with beautiful Turkish Tiles. Million Stone (an ancient monument partially remained today. It is situated right at the centre of the city to show the directions to East and West.And then continue to St.Sophia Museum (Holy Wisdom Church built on 537 as the Cathedral of East Roman Empire. Today, it is a museum where the remains belonging to Christianity and Islam are visible together. It is currently listed on World Heritage Sites List. The tour ends with a visit to Grand Bazaar. (One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. You will have the set menu lunch including local food which is included in the tour price. (Drinks are self payment) In the afternoon, you will visit Topkapi Palace (former residence of Ottoman Sultans and today is a museum including the sections of Treasury, Sacred Relics, Sultan Pavilions and Harem), after that you will visit Sultan Tombs of 17th and 18th centuries. The tour finishes at around 17:30 with a drop off to your hotel.
Overnight accommodation in Sultanahmet area.
With an early pick-up from your hotel around 05:00am , we will transfer you to Istanbul Airport and have the flight to Cappadocia. After you reach to the hotel, we will start our touring in magical Cappadocia. Our first stop will be at the Uchisar Castle Viewpoint, where you will enjoy the tallest fairy chimneys in the area and get some information about the history of Cappadocia. The next stop will be the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Cappadocia: Goreme Open Air Museum. The museum was once a monastery and used to have over 30 churches. The best-preserved churches in the area are located in the museum and we will visit them. On our way to lunch, we will stop by Love Valley Panorama for the breathtaking view of Love Valley, Red and Rose Valleys and then drive to Avanos for lunch.
After having our lunch at our restaurant, we will have the kick-wheel pottery demonstration in a family place. The art is almost 4000 years old in the area and the people are still using the oldest technique to shape their pots. Then, we will visit Pasabag Fairy Chimneys which are also known as ‘Monks Valley’. The best protected fairy chimneys which look like mushrooms are located in this valley and your guide will inform you about the formation of these amazing natural shapes. The final stop will be at Devrent Valley, which is very famous with its ‘camel-shaped fairy chimney’. The tour will finish after this stop and we will drop you off to your hotels around 16:30. Overnight accommodation in Goreme.
Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight in the early morning can be a good start the day with sunrise.
We will start with a pick-up from your hotel around 09:30 and drive to Red Valley to start our hiking there. Your guide will give you information about the history and formation of the region. You will have a hike about 1,5 hours and you will see very interesting rock formations and some secret churches. At the end of the hike, we will arrive in Cavusin Village which was a former Greek Village. Turkey has a big compulsory population exchange with Greece and this village is one of the villages that we changed the population in Cappadocia. Your guide will give information about the details of this change.
Before lunch, we will visit Goreme Panorama Point that you will see almost all the valleys in Cappadocia and you will feel like you are on a balloon ride. After having lunch, we will visit Pigeon Valley to see Uchisar Castle from a panoramic point and then we will drive about 30 minutes to get to Kaymakli Underground City. After experiencing the life in underground, we will finish the day with a demonstration of traditional semi-precious stones in Cappadocia and then drive back to the hotel around 16:30.Overnight accommodation in Goreme.
We will pick you up two hours before the flight and take you to Kayseri Airport. You will have a direct* flight to Izmir Airport. Our driver will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel in Selcuk. You will have a free day at leisure today. You can visit St. John Basilica on this day which is going to be very close to your hotel. Overnight accommodation in Selcuk.
We will pick you up from your hotel around 09:30am and drive to Ephesus Ancient City, one of the biggest excavations in the world. We will visit the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the stream baths of Scholastica, Hadrian and Domitian Temples, impressive library of Celsius. We will then visit The Grand Theatre, where Saint Paul preached. The theatre was the largest one in ancient times with capacity of 24.000 seats. The walk in the Ephesus ruins will be around 2 hours and then we will have the lunch.
After lunch, we will visit The Artemis Temple which is one the Seven Wonders of the World in Ancient World. We wil drive to The Virgin Mary House which is believed that she lived there for a while with St. John the Evangalist. The tour will end around 4:00pm and then we will take you to Izmir airport for your flight to Istanbul. We will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel in Old City area.
Overnight accommodation in Sultanahmet
On your last day in Turkey, you will have free day for your leisure until the transfer time to the airport. We will then drive to Ataturk Airport for your flight back to your country.