10 Day Turkey Tour of Istanbul Troy Ephesus Pamukkale with Cappadocia Hot Air Ballon Ride
Turkey, a country that occupies a unique geographic position is surrounded by 8 countries: Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Syria and the Azerbaijani. Considered part Europe and part Asia, Turkey is a unique amalgamation of multiple ancient cultures (Persian, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman empires and Greek). Throughout its history it has acted as both a barrier and a bridge between the two continents (with Istanbul, Troy lying on the European side and Antalya, Ankara, Capadocia and Izmir lying on Asian side). And this is what makes Turkey one of the most fascinating tourist spots in the world with activities like Hot Air Balloon ride at Cappadocia (top 3 sites in the world for Hot Air Balloon ride in the world), Hot Water Springs at Pammukale, Greek Legend City Troy and more.
- Duration10 days
- Group Size2 to 15
Istanbul: is in north-western Turkey within the Marmara Region on a total area of 5,343 square kilometers (2,063 sq mi). The Bosphorus, which connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea, divides the city into a European, Thracian side—comprising the historic and economic centers—and an Asian, Anatolian side. The city is further divided by the Golden Horn, a natural harbor bounding the peninsula where the former Byzantium and Constantinople were founded
Cappadocia: Famous as the top 3 sites in the world for Hot Air Balloon ride, Cappadocia / Goreme lies in central Anatolia (the heartland of Turkey). The landscape is full of fairy chimneys and tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Monks Valley. The relief consists of a high plateau over 1000 m in altitude that is pierced by volcanic peaks, with Mount Erciyes (ancient Argaeus) near Kayseri (ancient Caesarea) being the tallest at 3916 m. The boundaries of historical Cappadocia are vague, particularly towards the west. To the south, the Taurus Mountains form the boundary with Cilicia and separate Cappadocia from the Mediterranean Sea. To the west, Cappadocia is bounded by the historical regions of Lycaonia to the southwest, and Galatia to the northwest. Due to its inland location and high altitude, Cappadocia has a markedly continental climate, with hot dry summers and cold snowy winters. Rainfall is sparse and the region is largely semi-arid.
Gallipoli: The peninsula runs in a south-westerly direction into the Aegean Sea, between the Dardanelles (formerly known as the Hellespont), and the Gulf of Saros (formerly the bay of Melas). In antiquity, it was protected by the Long Wall, a defensive structure built across the narrowest part of the peninsula near the ancient city of Agora. The isthmus traversed by the wall was only 36 stadia in breadth (about 6.5 km), but the length of the peninsula from this wall to its southern extremity, Cape Mastusia, was 420 stadia (about 77.5 km).
Troy: Ancient city in Anatolia (Turkey), Troy holds an enduring place in literature and archaeology. Today, the hill at Hisarlik has given its name to a small village near the ruins, which supports the tourist trade visiting the Troia archaeological site. It lies within the province of Çanakkale, some 30 km south-west of the provincial capital, also called Çanakkale. The nearest village is Tevfikiye. Due to Troy's location near the Aegean Sea, the Sea of Marmara, and the Black Sea, it was a central hub for the military and trade
Ephesus: Ancient Greek city of Asia Minor, near the mouth of the Menderes River, in what is today West Turkey, Izmir. One of the greatest of the Ionian cities, it became the leading sea-port of the region. The Greek city was near an old center of worship of a native nature goddess, who was equated with the Greek Artemis, and c.550 B.C. a large temple was built.
Pamukkale: (Cotton Castle) or ancient Hierapolis (Holy City), this area has been drawing the weary to its thermal springs since the time of Classical antiquity. The Turkish name refers to the surface of the shimmering, snow-white limestone, shaped over millennia by calcium-rich springs. Dripping slowly down the vast mountainside, mineral-rich waters foam and collect in terraces, spilling over cascades of stalactites into milky pools below. Legend has it that the formations are solidified cotton (the area’s principal crop) that giants left out to dry.
Note: Hot Air Balloon Tour is part of this itinerary in Cappadocia. Without Hot Air Balloon ride, you will one of the most exciting experiences in your life. But if needed, we can exclude the same per person and reduce the price.
Please Note: - Prices are per person in double-twin or triple shared room. - Single traveler should pay 60% extra for this trip. - Flights might be from Ataturk or Sabiha Gokcen Airport. - Due to weather conditions if your balloon tour is cancelled, you will be totally reimbursed for the Hot Air Balloon ride cost
- Hotels with breakfast
- Airport pick ups and drop offs mentioned on the itinerary
- Domestic flights (15kg baggage allowance)
- Bus transfers
- Lunch on tours (Besides standard Turkish meal, special meals as vegetarian, vegan, halal options are also available)
- Entrance fees for sights and museums mentioned on the itinerary
- Professional English speaking guide
- Hot Air Balloon ride @ Capadoccia
- Personal expenses
- Beverages during lunch
- Dinner on all days
- Cleopatra Swimming Pool entrance fee @ Pamukkale (10 Euro)
- Medical insurance
- Tip to guide and driver
Day 1 : Arrival to IstanbulClick here to expand
According to flight time, transfer from Ataturk (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) to the hotel. You will do self check-in to the hotel and take rest for the day.
Day 2 : Free day in Istanbul (Breakfast included)Click here to expand
After having open buffet breakfast in the hotel, you have free day to explore Old City on your own. If you like to have guided tour, we can also arrange you Istanbul Old City Small Group Tour max with 6-8 people
Day 3 : Gallipoli Tour (Lunch included)Click here to expand
Pick up by the driver around 06:30-07:00am and depart to Gallipoli. Arrival to Gallipoli after driving 5 hours, visits to Memorials of Dardanelles, Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, ANZAC Commemorative Site, Respect to Mehmetcik Statue, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnstons Jolly (Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels), Turkish 57. Infantry Regiment Cemetery, The Nek, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. Midday, lunch break in a local restaurant. End of the tour, taking ferry to Canakkale, arrival to hotel and overnight stay.
Day 4 : Troy and Pergamum Tour (Breakfast- Lunch included)Click here to expand
Pick up by the tour guide around 08:30-08:45am and joining the tour of Troy Ancient City. Sightseeing of 10 ancient cities built one on another, Trojan Horse, Apollo Temple, fortified city walls, Roman Theater, Greco-Roman Senate building. After visiting Troy, drive to Pergamum Ancient City which has one of the most important libraries in the ancient world and Zeus Altar. Midday, lunch break in a local restaurant. After visiting the ancient city, drive to Kusadasi. Arrival to hotel and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5 : Ephesus Tour (Lunch included)Click here to expand
Pick up by the tour guide around 09:00-09:30am and joining to Ephesus Tour. Visits to Artemis Temple which used to be one of the 7 wonders of ancient world, Ephesus Ancient City, Hadrian Temple, Celsus Library, Theater, Hamams and Old Harbor. Midday, lunch break in a local restaurant. Last visit to House of Virgin Mary where Virgin Mary spent her last 5 years before she died and recognized as a pilgrimage place by Vatican. End of the tour transfer to hotel for free time and overnight stay.
ps. At the end of the tour our guests are treated with a leather fashion show, the ones that are not interested are kindly requested to inform the tour guide.
Day 6 : Pamukkale Tour (Breakfast- Lunch included)Click here to expand
After breakfast at the hotel, pick up by the tour guide around 07:30-08:00am and join to Pamukkale-Hierapolis Tour. Pamukkale has hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing and cooling water. It seems like cotton that’s why it is called ‘Cotton Castle- Pamukkale’ by Turks. Visit to Hierapolis Ancient City as a Unesco World Heritage Site and used to be visited by people to soothe their aliments during the retirement and also die there. As a refreshment, you can walk on terraces or swim in Cleopatra Swimming Pool. (Optional) Midday, lunch break in a local restaurant. End of the tour, transfer to hotel in Pamukkale for overnight stay.
Day 7 : From Pamukkale to Cappadocia via Konya (Breakfast included)Click here to expand
Pick up by the driver around 08:30- 08:45am and driving to Cappadocia via Konya. After 4 hours we reach to Konya where you have your lunch with famous etli ekmek and visit Konya Mevlana Museum, school of whirling dervishes. (Lunch is at your expense) Driving 3 hours more to reach Cappadocia. Arrival to Cappadocia, transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 8 : Northern Cappadocia Tour (Breakfast- Lunch included)Click here to expand
Hot Air Balloon tour is optional for this morning. Pick up from hotel around 09:30-10:00am by the tour guide and join the Northern Cappadocia Tour. Visits to Goreme Panorama which has a stunning view of Goreme Village, land of fairy chimneys, Open Air Musesum which is the biggest monastery complex of the region. Then visiting Ortahisar, a typical village with its castle and cave food storage and Pasabag,(Fairy Chimney valley) which has mushroom like formed rocks and very interesting fairy chimney forms. We pass through the Imagination valley, Devrent, where you have the impression that animals are petrified in the rocks. Midday, lunch break in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, walking along the Red River which is the longest river of Turkey and visiting small village very famous with its pottery workshops. Here, you will have a chance to see how the pottery is made and if you like you may also try. End of the day, going back to hotel bu passing through Love Valley which has incredible view. Arrival to hotel, free time and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 9 : Southern Cappadocia Tour (Breakfast- Lunch included)Click here to expand
Pick up from hotel around 09:30-10:00am by the tour guide and join the Southern Cappadocia Tour. Visiting Uchisar Castle which is the biggest fairy chimney used as a fortress by many civilizations. Hiking about 4 km in Red Valley and passing through Rose Valley by exploring rock churches which saved early Christians from Roman prosecution. Arriving to Cavusin village as an ancient settlement of the region and you may see its cave residences. Midday, lunch break in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visiting Kaymaklı Underground City as the widest of the Cappadocia and it was used by refugees or people running away from catastrophes. Pigeon Valley offers a nice view over Uchisar Castle and it has pigeons still living in pigeon houses. The last visit to Three Beauties Valley which is famous with its vine factories and stunning view. End of the tour transfer to airport and take a flight to Istanbul. Arrival to airport, pick up by agent and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 10 : Departure, IstanbulClick here to expand
According to flight time, transfer to Ataturk (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW), You will do self check-in. End of our service. Note: At the end of the tour our guests are treated with a traditional hand-made carpet demonstration, the ones that are not interested are kindly requested to inform the tour guide.
1) Tour Package with economical hotels (price mentioned is with economical hotels)
Istanbul – Uyan Hotel / Ilkay Hotel / Olimpiyat Hotel Canakkale – Grand Anzac Hotel (Standard Room) or Comfort Anzac Hotel (Standard Room) Kusadasi –Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel (Standard Room) / Efe Boutique Hotel (Standard Room) / Hotel by Karaaslan Inn (Standard room) Pamukkale –Tripolis Hotel (Standard Room) or Hal-Tur Hotel (Standard Room) Cappadocia – Holiday Cave Hotel / The Cove Cappadocia / Roca Cappadocia Hotel / Heaven Cave Hotel
Price: What is mentioned on the tour package
2) Tour Package with Standard / Luxury hotels
Istanbul – Sirkeci Mansion Hotel / Sultania Hotel / Sura Design Hotel Canakkale – Parion Hotel (Standard Room) or Akol Hotel (Standard Room) Kusadasi – Double Tree by Hilton (Standard Room) / La Vista Boutique Hotel (Standard Room) / Celsus Boutique Hotel Pamukkale – Pam Thermal Hotel (Standard Room) or Colossae Hotel (Standard Room) Cappadocia – Hera Cave Suites / Holiday Cave Hotel Suite Room / Fresco Cave Suites Hotel
Price: Price per person increases by 15% for standard and 30% for luxury stay options
Life is unpredictable and we understand that sometimes you have to cancel or change your trip dates and it is our endeavor to make it as easy as possible for you. However, please understand that we plan everything including guide fees, permits, accommodation and ration in advance. Therefore, any cancellation means inconvenience and certain losses to the people involved in various stages of the program. Keeping that in mind, our cancellation charges are as below,
- Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the event: Full refund as cash.
- Cancellations between 30 days and 15 days to the start of the event: 50 % refund as cash.
- Cancellations less than 15 days to the start of the event: No refund.
- Cancellations will be accepted only by email.
Note: We reserve the right to cancel a program before departure in the event of logistical problems arising due to natural calamities, strikes, wars or any other circumstances that make the event inadvisable. In this case, we will refund 50% of the event fees.