See the highlights of Kusadasi, visit the picturesque village of Sirince, and marvel at the geological formations and unique landscapes of Pamukkale and Cappadocia. Learn about the history of Turkey and see many of its top sites on this 8-day tour.
What to Expect
Spend an enjoyable 8 days on a tour that takes you from Kusadasi to Istanbul. Visit the well-preserved ancient city of Ephesus, the village of Sirince, the cotton castles of Pamukkale, the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, and more. Tours begin every Wednesday, Friday, and Monday.
Day 1: Kusadasi – Ephesus Tour – Sirince Village (Breakfast)
At 08:30 you’ll depart from your hotel for a fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world. On the way you’ll visit the Temple of Artemis, the famous Roman Baths, the Library of Celsus, and the House of the Virgin Mary.
After a lunch break you’ll visit a carpet weaving center, where you’ll see one Turkey’s oldest arts in practice. You’ll also tour the village of Sirince, with its original, white-painted houses reminiscent of Greece. Some of the best fruit wines in Turkey originate here. Visit the vineyards and learn how fruit wines are made.
Stop at one of the famous leather production centers of the region, where you’ll have the opportunity to buy items at the factory rate. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 2: Kusadasi – Pamukkale Tour (Breakfast)
Depart for Pamukkale at 08:30. On arrival you’ll enjoy lunch and then visit the cotton castles of Pamukkale and the ruins of Hierapolis. You’ll have the option of enjoying the natural springs as well. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 3: Pamukkale and Antalya Old City Tour (Breakfast)
After breakfast you’ll depart for Antalya. On arrival you’ll have lunch before visiting Kaleici, the historic center, and see the clock tower and the Alexander the Great Gate. After the tour you’ll check in at your hotel. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 4: Antalya (Breakfast)
Day 4 is a free day. Enjoy the sunshine, take in the views, relax on the beach, explore the city, shop in the local markets, or enjoy one of the many day trips available. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 5: Antalya – Konya – Cappadocia (Breakfast)
After breakfast you’ll leave on the 2.5-hour drive to Konya, arriving in time for lunch. Afterwards you’ll visit the imposing green-tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana, the mystic founder of the Sufi sect.
Next is the drive to Cappadocia, where you’ll arrive in the evening and check in at your hotel. If you wish to join the optional ballooning activity on Day 6, please register with your guide as the activity takes place early the next morning. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 6: Cappadocia Tour (Breakfast)
Today you’ll get to know the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area with geological formations dating back 10 million years. The tour begins with Uchisar Castle, the highest point in Cappadocia. You’ll also visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, famous for frescoes dating from the 10th century, depicting the life of Christ. Stop in Cavusin, an abandoned village featuring old cave houses.
Enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Avanos and then visit a pottery workshop before heading to Pasabagi, where you’ll admire the 3-headed fairy chimneys. Later you’ll stop at another workshop to see handwoven Cappadocian carpets and kilims.
Explore the Devrent Valley, where you’ll see natural rock formations that look like animals. Head to a wine shop in Urgup for a wine tasting session, and then visit the 3 Beauties, the symbol of Cappadocia. Return to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 7: Cappadocia and Ankara City Tour – Istanbul (Breakfast)
Depart at 09:00 for Ankara, stopping at the Salt Lake along the way. You’ll have a lunch break after arriving in Ankara before visiting the Ataturk Museum at the Ataturk Mausoleum.
Drive to Istanbul, arriving around 19:00. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 8: Istanbul – End of Tour (Breakfast)
After breakfast you’ll check out of the hotel and be transferred to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.
- Istanbul Ataturk Airport departure transfer
- 1 night’s accommodation in Istanbul
- 1 night’s accommodation in Kusadasi
- 1 night’s accommodation in Pamukkale
- 2 nights’ accommodation in Antalya
- 2 nights’ accommodation in Cappadocia
- 7 breakfasts
- Ephesus guided tour
- Sirince village tour
- Pamukkale and Hierapolis guided tour
- Antalya old city guided tour
- Konya guided tour
- Cappadocia guided tour
- Ankara guided tour
- Transportation by non-smoking and fully air-conditioned coach
- Professional English-speaking tour guides
- All entrance fees for sites mentioned in the description