Explore Turkey's Best in 11 Days: Unmissable Tour Package from Istanbul!
Join us on an unforgettable 11 days adventure across Turkey's most iconic destinations, starting from the vibrant heart of Istanbul. Immerse yourself in the rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture of this diverse country. From the ancient wonders of Ephesus to the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia and the pristine beaches of Antalya, this tour package is your gateway to the highlights of Turkey. Don't miss this opportunity to create lasting memories and explore the best of Turkey in just 11 days!
Detailed Itinerary: 11 Days Highlights of Turkey Tour Package from Istanbul
Below is the detailed itinerary for our 11 Days Highlights of Turkey Tour Package, starting from Istanbul. Explore each day's activities, destinations, and unique experiences that await you on this remarkable journey across Turkey. Discover the magic of Istanbul, the ancient wonders of Ephesus, the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia, and so much more. Your adventure begins here!
Day 1: Istanbul Arrival
Your Turkish adventure begins with a warm welcome at Istanbul Airport. Our team will be there to greet you and provide a smooth transfer to your hotel. Relax and unwind during your overnight stay in the vibrant city of Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul Full Day City Exploration
Prepare for an exciting day as we embark on a comprehensive tour of the "Sultan Ahmet Center," the heart of the historic "Old City" where empires were once ruled.
- Hagia Sophia: Delve into architectural marvels at Hagia Sophia, a basilica built in the 6th century under Emperor Justinian.
- Blue Mosque: Discover the iconic Blue Mosque, known for its mesmerizing blue Iznik tiles and the distinction of having six minarets. It was built in honor of Sultan Ahmet.
- Hippodrome: Journey to the ancient Hippodrome, the epicenter for sports events, including chariot races and athletics, as well as political activities in the old city. You'll be captivated by the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, and the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, all adorning this historic site.
- Grand Covered Bazaar: Shopaholics, rejoice! Explore the Grand Covered Bazaar, one of the world's largest and most enticing shopping centers. With almost 4000 shops, you can browse through antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets, leather goods, and souvenirs galore.
- Topkapi Palace: Step into the Imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans at the Topkapi Palace. Here, you'll witness a fascinating collection of Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy, and other historically significant artifacts.
Get ready for a day filled with history, culture, and some of the finest architecture in Istanbul.
Day 3: From Istanbul to Canakkale - Exploring Gallipoli
Begin your day with an early departure towards Canakkale and Eceabat. After a satisfying lunch in Eceabat, immerse yourself in the historic significance of Gallipoli, a place that witnessed the heroism and sacrifices of many during World War I.
- Kabatepe War Museum: Your journey through Gallipoli commences with a visit to the Kabatepe War Museum. Here, you'll find a remarkable collection of artifacts and exhibits that pay tribute to the events that transpired during the Gallipoli Campaign.
- Brighton Beach: Explore the shores of Brighton Beach, known for its role in the Gallipoli Campaign. The beach offers both historical insights and a serene coastal landscape.
- Anzac Cove: Pay your respects at Anzac Cove, a site that holds great importance in the hearts of Australians and New Zealanders. It's a place where the Anzacs landed during the campaign.
- Ariburnu Cemetery: Visit the Ariburnu Cemetery, a somber reminder of the lives lost during the Gallipoli Campaign.
- Anzac Commemoration Site: This site offers a moving experience as you reflect on the sacrifices of the Anzacs and other soldiers who fought in Gallipoli.
- Lone Pine Australian Memorial: Continue to the Lone Pine Australian Memorial, which stands as a symbol of remembrance for Australian soldiers who fell during the campaign.
- Johnston's Jolly, the Nek, and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial: These sites allow you to explore the different fronts and the stories of bravery and valor that unfolded during the Gallipoli Campaign.
At the end of this historically rich day, you'll spend the night in Canakkale.
Day 4: Troy, Pergamon, and Arrival in Kusadasi
This day is filled with archaeological wonders and a journey through history.
- Exploring Troy: Your day begins with a visit to the legendary city of Troy, a place steeped in mythology. Explore the archaeological and mythological significance of Troy, known for the "Trojan Horse" and the captivating tale of "Helen of Troy."
- Pergamon - A Hellenistic Marvel: From Troy, your next destination is the ancient city of Pergamon, situated in the north of the Aegean in West Anatolia. This city, with its connection to ancient Mysia, holds a vital place in the history of the Aegean and Asia Minor. The Acropolis of Pergamon, an architectural marvel, takes you back in time to the Hellenistic and Roman eras.
After a day filled with exploration, you'll spend the night in the charming town of Kusadasi.
Day 5: Ephesus - Unveiling Ancient Marvels
Your day is dedicated to unraveling the treasures of ancient Ephesus:
- Isa Bey Mosque: You'll begin with a visit to the Isa Bey Mosque, a splendid display of Turkish architecture.
- Ephesus, the Roman Marvel: The journey continues to the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, which later became a prominent Roman city. Your walk through Ephesus will take you past remarkable sites such as the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Trajan Fountain. As you wander along the historic marble street, your exploration leads to the Great Theater, where even St. Paul once delivered his teachings.
- Lunchtime Delight: Enjoy an open buffet lunch at a local Turkish restaurant, savoring the flavors of the region.
- Art of Turkish Carpets: Delve into the art of crafting Turkish carpets by hand as you visit a carpet cooperative.
- Shrine of Mother Mary: Pay a visit to the shrine believed to be the final residence of Mother Mary, a place of spiritual significance.
- Ephesus Archaeological Museum: Explore the Ephesus Archaeological Museum to witness the findings from Ephesus excavations.
- Temple of Artemis (Diana): Conclude your day with a glimpse of the Temple of Artemis, also known as Diana, once counted among the seven wonders of the ancient world.
- Fashion Show in Leather Outlet: Experience a fashion show at a leather outlet center.
After this captivating day of history, you'll spend the night in Kusadasi.
Day 6: From Pamukkale to Konya - Exploring Natural Wonders and History
Your journey today is a delightful blend of nature's wonders and ancient history:
- Pamukkale's Unique Beauty: Following breakfast, you'll head to Pamukkale. On the way, take a brief stop to witness the captivating natural wonder of the white calcium waterfall.
- Lunch Break: Enjoy a delightful lunch break.
- Hierapolis - An Ancient Health Spa: Explore the ancient spa city of Hierapolis, known for its impressive ruins and the largest necropolis (cemetery) in Asia Minor. Don't miss the chance to visit the splendid theater.
Afterward, your journey continues as you drive to Konya for your overnight stay.
Day 7: From Konya to Cappadocia - Mystical Discoveries
Today's adventures are steeped in mysticism and history:
- Mevlana Mausoleum: Begin your day with a visit to the Mevlana Mausoleum, the resting place of the great mystic poet and Islamic spiritual leader who founded the sect of the "Whirling Dervishes."
- Sultanhan Caravanserai: Explore the 13th-century Seljuk caravanserai "Sultanhan," a testament to the historical importance of trade routes in the region.
After these enlightening experiences, you'll continue your journey to your hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 8: Cappadocia - Land of Fairies and Art
Get ready to explore the unique landscapes and artistry of Cappadocia:
- Dervent Valley: Your day begins in Dervent Valley, where you'll encounter Cappadocia's almost otherworldly landscape. Visit Pasabag's "fairy chimneys," where the wind's whispers harmonize with the fairies' songs.
- Avanos: Head to Avanos, the epicenter of terracotta art. Here, you'll witness the intricate process of crafting ceramics and tiles by hand.
- Goreme Open Air Museum: After lunch, explore the renowned Goreme Open Air Museum, home to some of Cappadocia's most exquisite examples of Byzantine art.
- Uchisar Rock-Castle: Conclude your day with a visit to the Uchisar Rock-Castle, offering panoramic views of Cappadocia's enchanting valleys.
- Carpet Cooperative: Visit a carpet cooperative and observe the meticulous handcrafting of Turkish carpets.
Rest and recharge with an overnight stay in Cappadocia.
Day 9: Cappadocia - Unveiling the Enchantment of Valleys and Hidden Cities
Your ninth day in Turkey brings you deeper into the captivating wonders of Cappadocia, revealing a world of natural beauty and ancient mysteries:
- Red Valley Exploration: Your day commences with a visit to the breathtaking Red Valley. Here, you'll have the opportunity to explore the renowned rock-cut churches that dot the landscape. A 5-kilometer hike through the Gulludere valley allows you to immerse yourself in the striking surroundings, where the red hues of the terrain create a surreal and picturesque backdrop.
- Journey to Cavusin Village: Your next destination is Cavusin village, a place with a rich history of stone houses and rock-cut dwellings. The old Cavusin, abandoned decades ago due to avalanches, adds an air of mystery to the village. The current Cavusin village, conveniently located on the road, still maintains its historical charm.
- Pigeon Valley Serenity: Following your village visit, head to the peaceful Pigeon Valley. The valley offers stunning vistas and unique geological formations that make it a remarkable stop on your journey through Cappadocia.
- Kaymakli Underground City: In the afternoon, prepare to be astonished by the Kaymakli Underground City. This is where early Christians once sought refuge, their lives interwoven with faith and fear. The village's houses are ingeniously constructed around nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city, creating a fascinating and intricate living arrangement.
As your day in Cappadocia draws to a close, you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul, you'll check in to your hotel for a well-deserved rest, cherishing the memories of your adventures in the heart of Turkey.
Day 10: Istanbul - A Day of Leisure
Your tenth day is reserved for relaxation and personal exploration in the vibrant city of Istanbul. This day is entirely at your leisure, allowing you to make the most of your remaining time in this enchanting destination. Whether you choose to revisit your favorite landmarks, shop for souvenirs, or savor the local cuisine, it's a day dedicated to your preferences. Later in the day, you'll return to your hotel for another peaceful night in Istanbul.
Day 11: Departure from Istanbul - Farewell to Turkey
On the final day of your journey, it's time to bid farewell to the rich history and diverse landscapes of Turkey. You'll be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport approximately 3 hours prior to your flight departure. As you embark on your onward journey, you'll carry with you the unforgettable memories of your 11-day adventure through the heart of Turkey.
This marks the end of your incredible tour, but the experiences and impressions you've gathered in Turkey will stay with you for a lifetime. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your adventure, and we hope to welcome you back to Turkey in the future. Safe travels!
Optional Tours: Enhance Your Experience
To make your journey even more extraordinary, consider adding these optional tours to your itinerary:
- Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Ride: Soar above the mesmerizing landscapes of Cappadocia during a breathtaking hot air balloon ride. Witness the region's unique rock formations and fairy chimneys as the sunrise paints the sky with vibrant hues. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you in awe of Cappadocia's beauty.
- Turkish Night Show in Istanbul: Immerse yourself in Turkish culture and entertainment with a vibrant Turkish Night Show in Istanbul. Enjoy a delightful evening of traditional dances, live music, and savory Turkish cuisine. It's an opportunity to savor the flavors of Turkey while being captivated by the country's artistic heritage.
- Whirling Dervishes Show in Istanbul: Witness the mystical and mesmerizing Whirling Dervishes as they perform their spiritual dance ceremony known as the "Sema." This ancient ritual is a unique glimpse into the Sufi traditions of Turkey and offers a profound cultural experience.
These optional tours allow you to tailor your journey according to your interests, ensuring that your adventure in Turkey is truly personalized. If you choose to include any of these tours, please let us know, and we will make the necessary arrangements to enhance your experience further.
We've got everything covered to ensure your journey is as seamless and enjoyable as possible:
- All Airport Transfers: Your convenience is our priority. We provide hassle-free transfers to and from the airport, so you can start and end your adventure with ease.
- Accommodation in Handpicked Hotels: Enjoy comfortable stays in the hotels specified in your itinerary. We've chosen these accommodations with your comfort and satisfaction in mind.
- Meals as Indicated: Keep your energy up with our carefully planned meal inclusions.
- Museum Entry Fees: Explore Turkey's rich history and culture by visiting museums without any extra costs. We've got your entry fees covered.
- Transportation with English-Speaking Guide: Travel in a non-smoking minibus with a knowledgeable English-speaking guide and driver. They will ensure you get the most out of every destination.
- All Sightseeing Tours: Experience the wonders of Turkey with a comprehensive array of sightseeing tours. Immerse yourself in the country's beauty, history, and culture.
- Kayseri - Istanbul Flight Ticket (Including Tax): We've taken care of your domestic flight from Kayseri to Istanbul, so you can travel comfortably between these two exciting destinations.
While we've got your journey covered, there are a few items that remain personal choices:
- International Flights: If you're flying into Turkey from abroad, we can arrange your international flights upon request. This part of your journey is tailored to your preferences.
- Drinks, Mini-Bar, Tips, and Personal Expenses: Enjoy beverages, refreshments, and leisure activities at your leisure. Tips to your guide and driver, as well as any personal expenses, are left to your discretion.
- Personal Expenses: Shopping or any other personal expenses you may incur are not included in the package, allowing you the flexibility to choose your own memorable souvenirs.
Pick-up and Drop-off Details
- Your journey starts and ends in Istanbul, a city that perfectly bridges the East and West. The mesmerizing blend of history and modernity begins right here. We'll take care of your transfers in Istanbul, ensuring a smooth start and conclusion to your adventure.
Unearth the Treasures of Turkey in 11 Glorious Days
Are you ready for an epic journey that will sweep you off your feet? Join us on an 11-day exploration of Turkey, a country that seamlessly blends its rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes. This meticulously crafted tour promises an unforgettable adventure, where every day is a chapter in an exciting travelogue.
Istanbul - Where East Meets West
Your adventure kicks off in Istanbul, a city straddling two continents and steeped in history. Stroll through the historic Sultanahmet district, where icons like Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque await. A Bosphorus cruise offers captivating views. The enchantment of Istanbul sets the tone for your epic journey.
Gallipoli - Walk Through History
Early morning, we head to the historic WWI battlefields of Gallipoli. Walk in the footsteps of ANZAC soldiers at sites like ANZAC Cove and Lone Pine Australian Memorial. The haunting beauty of this place leaves an indelible mark on all who visit.
Canakkale - A Gateway to Troy
After a visit to Gallipoli, we proceed to the city of Canakkale. Your journey into the world of ancient legends begins as we explore the famous archaeological site of Troy. Stand before the legendary Trojan Horse and the remnants of a civilization that has captivated the world for centuries.
Pergamon - Where History Comes to Life
Venturing north to the city of Pergamon, you'll be transported to a significant part of Aegean and Asia Minor history. Pergamon's Acropolis, a Hellenistic and Roman marvel, boasts incredible ruins that whisper tales of the past.
Ephesus - Unravel Ancient Mysteries
The day begins with a visit to Isa Bey Mosque before stepping back in time to the ancient city of Ephesus. Walk the marble streets past the Library of Celsus and the Great Theater. It's a journey back to the grandeur of the past.
Pamukkale - Hierapolis - Konya
You'll witness nature's artistry at Pamukkale with its white calcium waterfall. Explore Hierapolis, an ancient health spa, and its monumental necropolis. The day concludes with a journey to Konya.
Konya - The Home of Whirling Dervishes
Discover the Mevlana Mausoleum, a testament to the great mystic poet Rumi, and his foundation of the "Whirling Dervishes." In the Selcuk caravanserai, you'll feel the echoes of ancient traders who traversed this route centuries ago.
Cappadocia - A Journey to Fantasy
In the heart of Cappadocia, the surreal landscapes of Dervent Valley and Pasabag's "fairy chimneys" await. Visit Avanos, the center of terracotta art. The day concludes at the Goreme Open Air Museum, showcasing Byzantine art.
Cappadocia - Hidden Wonders
Your adventure continues with a journey to Red Valley, the rock-cut churches, and Cavusin village. Don't forget to explore the fascinating Kaymakli Underground City, an early Christian settlement with a labyrinth of tunnels.
Istanbul - A City of Contrasts
After a leisurely day, you'll return to Istanbul, where modernity meets history. Explore the vibrant city and savor its unique charm.
Departure - Carry Memories Home
Your journey concludes with a transfer to the airport, where you'll embark on your onward journey, taking with you the rich tapestry of experiences and memories of an unforgettable adventure.
Get ready to be captivated by Turkey's East and West, where history and nature unite to create an enchanting travelogue that's uniquely yours. Your 11 days odyssey promises experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime.