Unlock the Wonders of Turkey: 8 Days Journey from Istanbul to Ephesus!
Embark on an extraordinary 8 days escapade through the marvels of Turkey. Begin your adventure in the vibrant metropolis of Istanbul, then venture to the picturesque coastal haven of Antalya. Explore the ancient ruins and mesmerizing terraces of Pamukkale, wander the historic streets of Kusadasi, and step back in time at the renowned Ephesus. Let this immersive journey showcase Turkey's beauty, history, and culture. Book now and set out on an unforgettable expedition across this diverse and captivating land!
Discover Turkey in 8 Days: An Adventure Awaits!
Embark on an unforgettable 8 days adventure and discover the diverse tapestry of Turkey. From the bustling streets of Istanbul to the ancient ruins of Pamukkale and the coastal beauty of Antalya, this journey promises a glimpse into Turkey's rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes. Immerse yourself in the magic of this enchanting country, where every corner unfolds a new story and leaves you captivated by its allure. Let the adventure begin, and let the heart of Turkey reveal its secrets in this 8 days odyssey.
Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul
Experience the Magic of Istanbul: Your Journey Begins from Istanbul Hotels!
Day 2: Unveiling History: Explore Old City Istanbul in a Day!
Your adventure in the heart of Istanbul kicks off with a captivating tour of Hagia Sophia, a marvel that once stood as the Church of Divine Wisdom. Built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and later rebuilt by Emperor Justinian, it's a testament to Byzantine architecture. Adorned with mosaics, marble pillars, and history, this site unfolds tales of a glorious past.
- A Glimpse of the Byzantine Era: The tour continues to the Byzantine Hippodrome, once a hub of political and sporting life in Constantinople. Marvel at ancient monuments like the Snake Column from Delphi and an Egyptian obelisk from the Temple of Karnak, a journey through time.
- The Blue Mosque: Witness the elegant Blue Mosque, a true symbol of Istanbul. Admire its graceful minarets and step into an interior adorned with over 20,000 blue Iznik tiles, a masterpiece of design and faith.
- Culinary Delights and Cultural Feast: Take a break for a sumptuous lunch, a chance to savor the delightful flavors of traditional Turkish cuisine, a gastronomic adventure.
- Topkapi Palace: Enter the majestic Topkapi Palace, once the residence of Ottoman sultans. Discover its vast collection, from Chinese porcelain to dazzling jewels like the radiant Topkapi Diamond, a glimpse into opulent history.
- Treasures Await at the Grand Bazaar: Embark on a shopping spree or haggle for unique antiques, vibrant spices, intricate jewelry, and luxurious fabrics at the renowned Grand Bazaar, an experience in itself.
After a day steeped in history and culture, return to your Istanbul hotel, the echoes of ancient tales still lingering in the air.
Day 3: Cruising the Bosphorus: A Day of Beauty and Travel to Antalya!
As the sun rises, start your day with a visit to the enchanting Egyptian Bazaar, a vibrant marketplace rooted in history. Dating back to 1664, it was once a hub for spices and herbs brought from Egypt, now offering a diverse array of goods. Explore the lively alleys and discover treasures like dried fruits, traditional borek, intricate jewelry, and more.
- Sailing the Bosphorus: Embark on a memorable Bosphorus Cruise, an exploration of Istanbul by sea. Witness the mesmerizing meeting of two continents, Asia and Europe, as you glide through the Bosphorus Strait. Marvel at the elegant Beylerbeyi Palace, a summer residence exuding European-style grandeur, and take in the architectural marvel that is the Bosphorus Bridge, uniting two worlds.
- A View from Above: Conclude the sea adventure with a visit to Camlica Hill, offering a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and its vast waters. Capture the beauty of Istanbul from a unique perspective before heading back to your cruise ship.
- Antalya Awaits: Fly to Antalya and settle into your hotel, where the allure of Antalya's beauty eagerly awaits your exploration. Unveil the charms of this coastal paradise, your next stop on this unforgettable journey.
Day 4: Unveiling Ancient Wonders: Perge, Aspendos and Side Exploration!
Start your day with a hearty breakfast and set off for a journey through time. Drive to Perga, also known as Perge, once the capital of the Pamphylia region along Turkey's Mediterranean coast. This sprawling site of ancient ruins, located 15km east of Antalya, holds a fascinating history dating back to the Bronze Age. Explore the remnants of an acropolis, city gate, Roman Bath, Column Street, Agora, and Stadium, each echoing tales of a bygone era.
Next, venture to Aspendos, an ancient city situated on the Eurymedon River, showcasing the remarkable Aspendos Theatre. This well-preserved gem of little Asia boasts extraordinary acoustics, making it a venue for enchanting concerts during summer evenings. Delight in an unforgettable experience, immersing yourself in the magic of live music within this ancient marvel. Following this auditory delight, savor a delectable lunch at a local restaurant.
Conclude your day with a visit to Side, an antique city adorned with the splendid Agora, Theatre, and Temples, a testament to the grandeur of the seventh century B.C. Wind your way through these ancient structures, soaking in the rich history and the architectural brilliance of a bygone era. As the day unfolds, drive back to your hotel in Antalya, carrying the echoes of history in your heart.
Day 5: Discovering Antalya: A Half-Day Journey into History and Culture
Embark on a half-day city sightseeing tour, a splendid introduction to the enchanting realm of Antalya on the Mediterranean's Turquoise Coast. Spend four captivating hours exploring the historical and cultural gems that grace this picturesque region.
Your adventure begins with a visit to the Hadrianus Gate, a testament to ancient architecture and a welcoming gateway to the city's rich history. Stand in awe of the Clock Tower, a timeless structure that has marked the passage of time through the ages. Stroll through Republican Square, a vibrant hub reflecting the city's modern spirit amidst its ancient surroundings.
The journey culminates at the Antalya Archaeological Museum, where you'll delve into the depths of Antalya's past. Discover artifacts and stories that unveil the region's historical tapestry, offering glimpses into ancient civilizations and their enduring legacies.
As the tour concludes, soak in the enriching experiences and historical knowledge gained, carrying the essence of Antalya back to your hotel, ready for more adventures in this captivating coastal city.
Day 6: From Antalya to Pamukkale to Kusadasi: A Journey through Ancient Marvels
Begin the day with a hearty breakfast and set out for a scenic drive to Pamukkale, an approximate 230km journey. Arrive at the North Gate of Pamukkale, the legendary Hierapolis, an ancient city steeped in history and natural wonder.
Marvel at the vast Necropolis, an expansive cemetery boasting around 1,200 graves, offering insights into Anatolia's ancient burial practices. Explore the remnants of the Roman Bath, the Domitian Gate, Main Street, and Byzantium Gate, all whispering tales of a bygone era.
As the day unfolds, venture towards the mesmerizing natural warm water terraces, an exquisite creation of calcium-rich water flowing down the slopes. Witness the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale juxtaposed with the ruins of Hierapolis, an extraordinary sight that earned the name 'Pamukkale,' meaning 'cotton castle.' Delve into the fascinating geological process that forms these unique terraces, leaving deposits of limestone in steps on the plateau.
Indulge in a delightful open buffet lunch and experience the relaxing embrace of hot red thermal pools at the hotel. If you desire, opt for a swim in the Ancient Pool, also known as Cleopatra's Pool (additional entrance fee applies). This pool, adorned with ancient marble columns, presents a rare opportunity to swim among antiquities and relive the past. Columned porticoes from the Roman era, now submerged in the pool, evoke a sense of history and wonder.
As the day concludes, drive approximately 185km to your hotel in Kusadasi, reflecting on the captivating landscapes and historical marvels witnessed during the journey.
Day 7: Discovering Ephesus and Beyond: A Journey through Time and Faith
Commence the day with a delightful breakfast and set off for an enriching exploration. Drive to the House of the Virgin Mary, a revered site believed to be her dwelling during her last years. On November 29th, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed this humble abode as sacred, adding to its spiritual significance.
Take a pause to indulge in the flavors of delicious, healthy, and traditional Turkish cuisine, a gastronomic delight that is an integral part of the journey.
Continue the odyssey to Ephesus, the premier Greco-Roman City of antiquity, a place where history comes alive. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the Temple of Hadrian, the intriguing Domitian's Temple, the formidable Hercules Gate, the famous Celsus Library, the awe-inspiring Great Theater, and a myriad of other Roman sites, each echoing tales of a glorious past.
The day's journey culminates with a visit to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, leaving you awe-inspired by its historical significance and architectural marvel.
Later, embark on a flight from Izmir to Istanbul, seamlessly connecting these historical and sacred dots. Upon arrival in Istanbul, you will be smoothly transferred to your hotel, reflecting on the profound experiences that have enriched your understanding of history and spirituality.
Day 8: Departure Day: Istanbul Farewell
On this final day, savor a delicious breakfast and prepare for your departure. A transfer will be arranged to take you to Istanbul Airport for your international flight. As you bid farewell to this captivating city and its rich heritage, we hope the memories of your journey linger, and the experiences you've gathered become timeless treasures. Safe travels and until we meet again on new adventures!
- Professional English-speaking tour guide throughout the tour
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
- Inbound Airport Transfer: Ataturk Airport (IST) to Hotel
- Outbound Airport Transfer: Hotel to Ataturk Airport (IST)
- Domestic flights: Istanbul to Antalya (19:50 IST – 21:00 ANT) and Izmir to Istanbul (19:40 IZM – 20:35 IST)
- All airport transfers as specified in the itinerary
- 6 lunches during day tours
- 7 breakfasts at the hotels
- 7 nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels
- 3 Nights in Istanbul - Bed and Breakfast
- 3 Nights in Antalya - Bed and Breakfast
- 1 Night in Kusadasi - Bed and Breakfast
- Tips for guide and driver
- Drinks during day tours where lunch is included
Pick-up and Drop-off Details
- Pick-up: You will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul.
- Drop-off: At the end of the trip, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Istanbul.
Discover the Rich Tapestry of Turkey: An 8 Days Adventure
Are you ready to immerse yourself in the ancient wonders, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes of Turkey? Embark on an unforgettable 8-day journey that will take you through the heart of this captivating country, from the bustling streets of Istanbul to the ancient ruins of Ephesus. This tour promises a kaleidoscope of experiences that will leave you with lasting memories.
Istanbul: Where East Meets West
Begin your odyssey in Istanbul, a city where the echoes of history resonate through the intricate architecture and bustling markets. Visit the iconic Hagia Sophia and marvel at the stunning Blue Mosque, a testament to the city's blend of cultures. Wander through the Grand Bazaar, where vibrant fabrics and exotic spices entice your senses.
Antalya: Gateway to the Turquoise Coast
Your journey continues to Antalya, a coastal paradise known as the Turquoise Coast. Here, you'll be greeted by crystal-clear waters and sun-kissed beaches. Explore the charming old town of Kaleici, wander along the ancient harbor, and indulge in the delectable local cuisine. Don't miss a visit to the Antalya Archaeological Museum to delve into the region's rich history.
Pamukkale: A Natural Wonderland
Next, venture to Pamukkale, a natural wonder that will leave you in awe. The calcium travertines, resembling cotton terraces, are a sight to behold. Bathe in the rejuvenating hot springs and discover the ancient ruins of Hierapolis. The juxtaposition of nature and history here is truly magical.
Kusadasi: Where History Comes Alive
Kusadasi welcomes you with its beautiful beaches and a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus. Walk in the footsteps of ancient civilizations as you explore the well-preserved ruins of Ephesus. The Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre are sure to transport you back in time.
Ephesus: A Journey Through Time
Ephesus, an archaeological treasure, invites you to wander through its ancient streets and marvel at the grandeur of its structures. As you stand in the midst of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, you can't help but feel the weight of history all around you.
Unveiling the Secrets of Turkey
This 8 days adventure through Turkey is more than a tour; it's an expedition into the heart of a nation steeped in history and culture. Each day brings new experiences, new stories, and new memories that will stay with you long after you've bid farewell to this remarkable land. Come, discover Turkey - a land of wonders waiting to be explored.