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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:  6 days (approx.)
See the highlights of Turkey’s north Aegean region and Cappadocia on this astounding 6-day tour from Istanbul. Discover what life was like for the Turks under Roman rule as you visit ancient cities like Ephesus and Hierapolis, and see travertine rock terraces at the Pamukkale archaeological site. In Cappadocia, where your tour ends, explore unforgettable sites like Göreme, Uçhisar, Çavuşin and more! With three domestic flights included (Istanbul to Izmir, Kusadasi to Kayseri and Kayseri to Istanbul), plus airport transfers and five nights of accommodation, this tour enables you to see Turkey with ease.

Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group tour ensuring you’ll enjoy personalized attention from your guide.

Highlights

  • 6-day Turkey tour from Istanbul to Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale and Cappadocia
  • Visit Ephesus and see the House of the Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis
  • See Pamukkale’s white travertine rock terraces on a tour of the UNESCO-listed archeological site
  • Fly from Kusadasi to Kayseri and visit top Cappadocia attractions like Göreme, Derinkuyu Underground City and Ilhara Valley
  • Hotel/airport transfers, 3 flights (Istanbul to Izmir, Kusadasi to Kayseri and Kayseri to Istanbul) and 5 nights of accommodation included
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 14 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

6-Day Small-Group Turkey Tour from Istanbul: Pamukkale, Cappadocia, Ephesus and Hierapolis

6-Day Small-Group Turkey Tour from Istanbul: Pamukkale, Cappadocia, Ephesus and Hierapolis

Begin your 6-day Turkey tour with a transfer from your Istanbul hotel to Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, ensuring a hassle-free start to your trip. Alternatively meet your guide at Ataturk Airport if you’re just arriving.

Your tour includes three domestic Turkey flights plus five nights of accommodation in 4- or 5-star hotels: two nights in Kusadasi, one night in Pamukkale and two nights in Cappadocia. All hotels are centrally located for maximum convenience, and you’ll have ample time to explore each town at leisure in between excursions.

Itinerary

Day 1: Istanbul – Ephesus (L, D)
On arrival at Ataturk Airport, board your plane and fly to Izmir. From here, the journey to the ancient city of Ephesus is only 1.5 hours, and you’ll follow a picturesque route along Aegean coastal roads.

Stop for lunch in a traditional Turkish restaurant and then arrive in Ephesus to discover what life was like for the Turks in Greco-Roman times. On a guided tour around the beautifully preserved Classical ruins, see one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the Temple of Artemis -- as well as the House of the Virgin Mary, where Mary is said to have spent her final days. See traditional handicrafts being made in town and than head to the nearby town of Kusadasi and check in to your hotel in time for dinner.

Overnight: 4-star Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel or similar in Kusadasi

Day 2: Kusadasi – Pamukkale and Hierapolis (B, L, D)
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and visit a famous leather factory in Kusadasi called Emelda Leather. Turkey is one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of leather goods, and Emelda showcases some of Kusadasi’s finest leatherwork. Browse the locally handcrafted goods with your guide, and shop for quality souvenirs.

Enjoy lunch in town and then head to the archeological site of Pamukkale by minibus to see its captivating white travertine rock terraces that cascade down from the ancient city of Hierapolis. While walking around this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your guide, learn about the rock’s geology, and then visit the ancient city of Hierapolis for a dip in its naturally formed bathing pools (own expense). Walk around its majestic ruins, admiring its necropolis (Roman burial site) and vast Roman theater before checking in to your Pamukkale hotel. Enjoy dinner here and then spend the remainder of your evening at leisure.

Overnight: 4-star Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel or similar in Kusadasi

Day 3: Kusadasi – Cappadocia (B)
Enjoy breakfast and then leave your hotel by minibus for a transfer to Kusadasi Airport. From here, fly to Kayseri Airport in Cappadocia – Turkey’s stunning central Anatolian region known for its intriguing volcano-created landscape. After a 1.5-hour flight (including an onboard meal) your guide will drive you to your cave hotel. Spend the evening at leisure in beautiful Cappadocia.

Overnight: 4-star MDC Cave Hotel in Cappadocia or a similar standard cave hotel

Day 4: Northern Cappadocia (B, L)
After breakfast, depart by minibus for a full-day tour exploring the north of the region. Stop for a walk around the pretty village of Göreme Esentepe and marvel at its colorful fairy chimneys and lava-formed landscape. The cliff-top village of Uçhisar is nearby, so head here next for a visit to Uçhisar Castle. Enjoy panoramic views from the Byzantine castle’s windows before walking through spectacular Red Valley to the village of Çavuşin for lunch.

In the afternoon, hop on board your minibus for a drive to see the Pasabag Fairy Chimneys in Monks Valley – widely considered as the best examples of Cappadocia’s mushroom-shaped rocks. See double- and even triple-headed chimney formations, and then continue your tour through Devrent Valley. Last stop of the day is in Ürgüp for a tour of Turasan Winery, where you’ll sample fine Anatolian wines with your guide. Return to your Cappadocia hotel and spend your evening at leisure.

Overnight: 4-star MDC Cave Hotel in Cappadocia or a similar standard cave hotel

Day 5: Southern Cappadocia (B, L)
Relax over breakfast and then your guide will collect you for your tour of southern Cappadocia. After a short journey by minibus, arrive in Pigeon Valley to see thousands of sandstone bird houses, carved from the cliffs. Hear about the farmers who for centuries used droppings from the pigeons nesting here to fertilize their crops. Hop off your minibus for a photo stop and then take a walk through Ihlara Valley, seeing pretty rock-carved churches on the way.

Head back to your minibus and make your way to the quaint villages of Selimiye and Yaprakhisar. Several scenes from the Star Wars movies were filmed in Yaprakhisar, and the views from this picturesque cave village are unforgettable. After lunch here, continue your tour to Derinkuyu Underground City to see where Turkey’s prehistoric Troglodytes once worked, slept and worshipped.

Overnight: 4-star MDC Cave Hotel in Cappadocia or a similar standard cave hotel

Day 6: Cappadocia – Istanbul Airport (B)
Enjoy breakfast, and then transfer to Kayseri airport for your return flight to Istanbul, arriving back approximately 1pm

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

a nice trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

A great trip experience, well organized, from pickups to guides to selection of hotels. It was the best way to see so much in a short period of time, and we had a blast. Ephesus was a great introduction to Roman time, and Pamukkale impressive by its travertine turquoise pools but also by the size of the site - try picturing it when all buildings were up, it must have been gigantic! Cappadocia was must-see and am glad we spent several days there - definitely worth it. The hike around Red / Pink Valleys was a nice surprise and is very easy. You have a couple of up and down, but nothing hard, and we took our time to get there. My father-in-law was very glad he did it. The most surprising though were all these churches carved in the rock formation, and we were amazed by the beautiful and vivid painting we saw - some very basic, and some as beautiful as some you would see in middle age painting in Europe. The Open Museum in Goreme hosts some of the most amazing ones - don't miss the Dark Church! A top notch tour, totally recommended to get a great view of Turkey!
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