The Best of Turkey in 8 Days

Embark on a captivating journey

through the rich tapestry of Turkey with this meticulously planned itinerary. The adventure begins in Istanbul, where the day unfolds with a feast for the senses, exploring architectural wonders like the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Byzantine Hippodrome. Wander through the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar, savor the vibrant atmosphere of Mahmutpasa’s Old Local Market, and immerse yourself in the enchanting Spice Market. A boat tour on the Bosporus adds a touch of maritime magic to the day, setting the stage for a restful overnight stay in the mesmerizing city.

The following days weave a seamless narrative

as you traverse from Istanbul to Cappadocia, where the ancient echoes of Topkapi Palace and the bustling energy of Istiklal Street unfold. Cappadocia beckons with its surreal landscapes, inviting you to explore the Göreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin, Pasabagli Valley, and the artisanal haven of Avanos Village. Unearth the secrets of the underground City of Kaymakli and indulge in a cultural tapestry of carpets and crafts.

The journey continues to Izmir,

where Ephesus reveals its archaeological treasures, from the grandeur of the Marble Street to the resplendent Roman Baths and Celcus Library. A scenic drive to Pamukkale unveils the ethereal travertine terraces, a geological masterpiece, before the tour returns to Istanbul for a final night of enchantment.

Each day promises a fusion of history, culture, and natural beauty, creating an immersive odyssey through the heart of Turkey.

The links for each day give more historical information and descriptions.

Day 01   (ARRIVE ISTANBUL)  Arrive at Istanbul Airport.  Transfer to hotel. Overnight in istanbul

Day 2  ( ISTANBUL) After breakfast a full day excursion in Istanbul including the Hagia Sophia,; the Blue Mosque; the Byzantine Hippodrome and the Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Old local Market Mahmutpasa and walk down to Spice Market, Boat tour on Bosporus. Overnight in İstanbul

Day 03  (ISTANBUL-CAPPADOCIA) After breakfast visit Topkapi Palace, .Galata Bridge and head to Istiklal Street to explore the Taksim Area.  Transfer to airport for Cappadoccia. Overnight in Cappadoccia. (Topkapı palace is closed on Tuesdays)

Day 04  (CAPPADOCIA) After breakfast visit , an extensive visit to the Göreme Open Air Museum, with its 10th century churches cut out of soft rock with beautiful interior frescoes. then brief visits to Cavusin; Pasabagli Valley, and finally Avanos Village famous for its pottery and handicrafts before lunch.  Proceed through Goreme village to the natural citadel of Uchisar, for a panoramic view of the region; then visit the underground City of Kaymakli, established in the 7th century by Christians fleeing persecution, in which a visitor is able to descend several floor levels.  Some time for carpet show and shopping. 

Day 05   (CAPPADOCIA-IZMIR) After breakfast, half day hiking in Cappadoccia (depending on season) or visit Ürgüp. transfer to airport and flight to İzmir via İstanbul. Transfer from  Izmir Airport to hotel.

Day 06 ( EPHESUS) After breakfast at hotel drive to Selcuk, to visit Site of Artemis temple and head to the world-famous antique city of Ephesus, including the Marble Street (Arcadian Way), the Antique Theater, the Roman Baths, and the Celcus Library.  Light lunch in Selcuk.  In the afternoon a visit the Ephesus Museum and visit to Sirince village. Overnight in izmir or Kuşadasi

Day 07 ( PAMUKKALE/ISTANBUL) Drive to Pamukkale to walk down the travertine terraces and walk through the necropolis of Hierapolis.  Transfer to airport and flight to İstanbul. Transfer to hotel in İstanbul and overnight.

Day 08   (ISTANBUL) Transfer to the International airport for your flight home.

This is an excellent program to be offered year-round. An ideal add-on to trips to Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia or Egypt. (Email for our options )

Prices Include

  • 7 nights accommodation at hotels as per respective category.
  • Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners at local restaurant
  • Professional guide during the transfers and excursions.
  • Transfers and excursions* by car/minibus/coach depending on the number of participants. 
  • Domestic flights
  • Entrance fees,
  • service charges, tips for hotels and restaurants, and all taxes.

Prices Do Not Include

  • International flights to and from Turkey.
  • Dinner on first and last nightt in İstanbul
  • Beverages during meals. 
  • Tips for the guide and the driver.
  • Visas.


 *  Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays, Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. If the visits are on days these attractions are closed, they might be skipped or substituted with other attractions depending on the program’s schedule

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