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Experience Turkey’s wonders during this amazing 8-day best of Turkey tour from Istanbul. This tour starts in Istanbul with visits to cultural highlights like the Blue Mosque. You will then take day excursions and discover the fascinating history at Ephesus, Troy, Gallipoli and Hierapolis. Gaze over the fairytale-like geologic formations at Pamukkale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore the Ottoman Empire’s first ever capital city, Bursa. Ease up on planning and spend more time enjoying Turkey’s best attractions with airport transfers and seven 4-star hotel accommodations all included. 

Highlights

  • 8-day Turkey highlights tour from Istanbul with 4-star hotel accommodation
  • See top Istanbul attractions on a city sightseeing tour: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace
  • Visit the World War I battlefields at Gallipoli including Anzac Cove
  • Explore ancient cities like Troy, Ephesus and Hierapolis
  • See the UNESCO-listed archeological site of Pamukkale, and visit Bursa – the capital of the Ottoman Empire
  • Enjoy a hassle-free start and end to your tour with airport or hotel transfers

What You Can Expect

8-Day Best of Turkey Tour from Istanbul: Pamukkale, Bursa, Troy, Gallipoli, Ephesus

8-Day Best of Turkey Tour from Istanbul: Pamukkale, Bursa, Troy, Gallipoli, Ephesus

Begin your 8-day best of Turkey tour with a simple pickup from either of Istanbul’s international airports and drive to your centrally located Istanbul hotel. If you are currently in Istanbul, you can request a ride from one hotel to the next. 

Included in your tour is lodging in Çanakkale, Istanbul, Pamukkale and Kusadasi. All lodging is conveniently located in the city centers, so you can easily venture on your own to different venues and establishments.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

william a w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour

Siobain M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I loved this tour of Turkey. Our guide was excellent and I really feel I learned so much about the history, culture and heritage of this beautiful country. The only recommendation I would have is to have one free afternoon to chill and do some shopping at some stage, perhaps on the last day. Otherwise great and very comprehensive tour.

Brian

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

This tour was excellent - thanks to the care and services provided by our guide Kivanc and driver Wasel. This was a continuing tour with the same guide, driver and tourist group.
The tour followed the itinerary advertised and Kivanc was always accommodating to any reasonable requests made regarding extra time at various locations (but not at the expense of time being lost at the next location). Additionally, he gave us more of his own time showing us extra points of interest not on the itinerary, eg Basilica Cistern, the spice market and the Bosphorus Cruise, Whirling Dervish ceremony at Pamukkale. Lunch/snack/toilet breaks were notified well in advance, (generally every 2-2 1/2 hours).
Kivanc also organised reasonably priced flights and transfers back to Istanbul and our hotels on the final day for those not wanting to endure 9 hours in the bus (6 of us took up this offer). This flight option back to Istanbul should probably be offered as an alternative in the official tour.
Istanbul was amazing and the free day (Day 1) should probably be used for more organised guided sightseeing. One day (Day 2) was really not enough.
Checkins for all of the hotels were efficient and quick (due to Kivanc's assistance). Breakfasts and dinners (buffet dinners) all provided were all satisfactory. Accommodation in Istanbul (Hotel Momento), Kusadasi and Pamukkale were all good, but the accommodation in Canakkale was ordinary (a nice lobby and dining area but basic old rooms - at least they were clean).
In summary - all of the sights in the itinerary were well covered in the tour. For us the highlights were the guide and driver and the group of people we travelled with all bonded to ensure a great tour. Kivanc also advised us on reasonable prices for purchases (leather, carpets and Silk Bazaar).
Turkey is an amazing place with many wonderful sights and the tour organised through the local tour company was flawless. We highly recommend this tour.
Brian and Mary - Melbourne Australia

Aidan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This was a fantastic tour. We got to see much more than we would have if we had done the trip independently. We had a good size group (23) and our guide Metin had excellent knowledge of the history of Turkey. Highly recommended if you have one week in Turkey and are looking to get a feel for the country and its history.

Kathryn D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

The tour was fantastic and it was a history buffs dream come true. Our guide Hassan was really informative and helpful and Turkey is now in our hearts and we cannot wait to return. Everyone should go to Turkey and this is a great introductory tour

Maria B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

This was a fabulous tour, the tour guide was great (Hasan)
We saw lots of amazing places and stayed in nice hotels
It was only a small group of people , so lots of friendships were formed
Highly recommended, as Turkey has a lot to offer

Hencoe2

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

This was the first bus tour my husband and I joined. We enjoyed every minute of it. Although the travelling per bus was very exhausting we stopped every hour and a half to stretch our legs. The places are very far apart and we would not have seen it if it was not for the tour. Our tourguide, Kevanc was very knowledgeable and professional and it was a pleasure to travel with him. From our pick up to our departure to the airport was very well planned. The last day e took an early flight back to Istanbul from Phumukale as we did not want to spend another 9 hours on the bus.

Anahit

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

Outstanding trip. Our tour guide Murat and driver Mustaffa were very nice people. lots of fun and very friendly. The tour was coordinated very well. The only only slight draw back was the quality of the over night stay (3rd night} at the Grand Onder Hotel in Kusadasi. Overall this was a GREAT and ENJOYABLE trip.

Steve M

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

An excellent tour that covers the main attractions in western Turkey hitting all the major attractions. Excellent hotels at all destinations. The tour guide was really friendly and helpful always took us to places that weren't tourist traps to eat and shop. Wished we spent more time in Bursa but it seemed like we were rushing at the end. Also the ferry from Bursa to Istanbul at the end should be covered by the cost of the tour. Otherwise, overall good tour.

Anne C Australia

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

This tour and a wonderful guide, Huseyin, who went to great lengths to keep us informed and safe in the group.
However, it would have been good to have had better contact with Fez travel prior to trip for general information.
Disappointing substandard accommodations in Kusadasi at Royal Palace hotel.
Overall good value for money. Starting and end point at hotel Momento a bonus, very good location in old town with very helpful staff.

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