Unveiling Turkey: Your 9-Day Journey from Istanbul to Cappadocia, Antalya, and Pamukkale
Explore the best of Turkey in just 9 days! Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Istanbul, venture into the magical landscapes of Cappadocia, bask in the sun-kissed beauty of Antalya, and relax in the rejuvenating pools of Pamukkale. Book now and let the adventure begin!
Places to Visit: As part of this tour, you'll have the opportunity to explore Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya, and Pamukkale regions.
Embark on a Turkish Odyssey: Discover Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya, and Pamukkale
Immerse yourself in the captivating tapestry of Turkey through our exclusive 9-day tour. Explore Istanbul, where ancient marvels blend seamlessly with the bustling energy of a modern city, promising an enchanting experience. Journey through the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia, adorned with fairy chimneys and underground cities, and let history and geology weave their tales. Discover the ancient ruins and Mediterranean allure of Antalya, offering a glimpse into Turkey's rich past. Finally, step into Pamukkale, a realm of natural travertine terraces and ancient wonders, concluding a journey that promises memories to last a lifetime.
Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul, the Gateway to Turkey
Begin your Turkish adventure with a warm welcome at Istanbul or Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Our team will be ready to assist you, providing a smooth transfer to your hotel. Settle into your accommodation and get ready for an exciting stay in Istanbul. Rest up for the adventures to come; the journey starts tomorrow!
Day 2: Discover the Historical Marvels of Istanbul
Embark on a mesmerizing exploration of Istanbul's rich history and culture. At 08:00 AM - 08:30 AM, we'll pick you up from your hotel and take you to the gathering point for the Full Day Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Istanbul City Tour. Here's what's in store:
- Hagia Sophia: Marvel at the grandeur and artistry of this Church of Divine Wisdom, treasured by both Islamic and Christian civilizations. It stands as a testament to mankind's architectural brilliance.
- Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque): Experience the awe and wonder that the Blue Mosque evokes, leaving an indelible mark on all who visit Istanbul.
- Hippodrome and Obelisk: Step into the vast Hippodrome, a plaza of historical significance stretching between Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, telling tales of ancient times.
- Shopping Opportunity: Immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance of the Grand Covered Bazaar, the world's oldest and largest covered market, a shopper's paradise.
- Lunch: Delight in a delicious lunch to rejuvenate for more exploration.
- Topkapi Palace: Explore the opulent Topkapi Palace, once the Sultan's residence and the epicenter of governance, offering a glimpse into the empire's political workings.
- Little Hagia Sophia Mosque: Witness the charm of Little Hagia Sophia Mosque, formerly a church transformed into a mosque during the Ottoman Empire, a symbol of cultural heritage.
At 17:00 PM, we'll escort you back to your hotel, marking the end of this captivating journey through Byzantine and Ottoman relics.
Day 3: Bosphorus Odyssey, Dolmabahce Palace, and Two Continents Tour
Prepare for an unforgettable day exploring Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait, adorned with architectural gems and natural marvels. Commencing at 08:00 AM - 08:30 AM, we'll pick you up and take you to the group meeting point for the Full Day Bosphorus Cruise Tour. Here's a glimpse of what awaits:
- Dolmabahce Palace: Step into the opulent Dolmabahce Palace, once the residence of six Sultans and later used by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Marvel at its exquisite architecture and historical significance.
- Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque: Discover the Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque, nestled on the Bosphorus shore in Dolmabahçe, a captivating blend of Islamic architecture.
- Lunch: Enjoy a delicious lunch to fuel your adventures.
- Golden Horn: Witness the grandeur of the Golden Horn, an inlet of the Bosphorus, renowned as one of the world's largest natural harbors.
- City Walls: Delve into the history of Constantinople's mighty city walls, breached only twice in 1600 years, revealing tales of ancient times.
- Bosphorus Bridge: Gaze upon the architectural marvel, the Bosphorus Bridge, a significant link connecting Europe and Asia, standing in contrast to Istanbul's traditional structures.
- Ebu Eyyup El Ensari Tomb: Pay homage to Ebu Eyyup El Ensari, visited by Mohammed the Prophet during his first visit to Medina.
- Pierre Loti Hill and Cable Car Ride: Ascend Pierre Loti Hill and enjoy a scenic cable car ride, relishing stunning panoramic views of Istanbul.
- Rumeli Fortress (From The Sea): Marvel at the grandeur of the Rumeli Fortress, a monumental fortification gracing the Bosphorus.
- The Black Sea: Capture the perfect shot where the Bosphorus meets the Black Sea, a picturesque vista.
At 17:30 PM, we'll safely escort you back to your hotel, concluding the enchanting Bosphorus Cruise Tour of Istanbul.
Day 4: Cappadocia Unveiled - South Cappadocia Expedition
Embark on a memorable journey as we whisk you away from your hotel at 05:00 AM for an early start. We'll transfer you to the airport for a 1-hour flight to Kayseri or Nevsehir at 07:00 AM. Upon your arrival at Kayseri or Nevsehir airport, our dedicated staff will be awaiting you with a name board to welcome you. A 45-minute drive will then transport you to the captivating realm of Cappadocia.
As the clock strikes 09:30 AM, your adventure through Cappadocia's southern wonders begins. Here's a glimpse of what awaits:
- Devrent Valley: Venture into Devrent Valley, a geological wonder adorned with pointed fairy chimneys and ruins. Immerse yourself in the unique landscape of natural rock formations.
- Monks Valley: Explore Monks Valley, the realm of the famed three-headed fairy chimneys. Pasabag, or Pasha's Vineyard, will leave you awe-inspired with its astounding rock formations.
- Avanos: Delve into the heart of Avanos, a hub of terra cotta artistry that dates back to 3000 BC. Witness the age-old craft at a traditional pottery workshop, ingrained in the town's hillsides.
- Goreme Open Air Museum: Step into the spiritual history of Goreme, an early Christian hub. Marvel at ancient monasteries, churches, and chapels, their stories told through intricate iconography and architectural marvels.
- Uchisar: Conclude your exploration in Uchisar, a troglodyte town nestled in the heart of Cappadocia. Its towering rock formation once served as a castle and offers an unparalleled view of Cappadocia and Erciyes Mountain.
As the day culminates around 05:00 PM, we'll escort you back to your hotel, where you'll rest, replete with the wonders of Cappadocia, anticipating the adventures of the days to come. Rest well, for tomorrow holds new explorations in the captivating land of Cappadocia.
Day 5: Enchanting Journey through North Cappadocia
Embrace the day with a wholesome breakfast, preparing you for the wonders that lie ahead. At precisely 09:30 AM, our team will be at your hotel to whisk you away on a captivating exploration of North Cappadocia. Gear up for a day brimming with discoveries, as you venture into these remarkable sites:
- Kizilcukur: Uncover the secrets of Kizilcukur, an isolated valley tucked behind Urgup. Admire the mesmerizing rock formations and discover hidden rock-carved churches. Traverse the intricate network of tracks that weave through vineyards, gardens, and charming villages, offering glimpses into local life.
- Cavusin: Step back in time at Cavusin, one of the oldest settlements in the region. Situated 2 KM from Goreme, this ancient village boasts the Church of St. John the Baptist, a marvel dating back to the 5th century. The church, with its ancient paintings, provides a panoramic view of the village.
- Hospital Monastery: Delve into the annals of history at the Hospital Monastery, one of the oldest monastic complexes in Cappadocia. Feel the spiritual resonance of this ancient haven.
- Kaymakli Underground City: Descend into the depths of Cappadocia's history as you explore Kaymakli Underground City, one of the largest and deepest underground cities in the region. Uncover the hidden chambers and passages that tell tales of an ancient subterranean civilization.
- Pigeon House: Immerse yourself in the unique world of pigeon houses and the mesmerizing rock formations, a testament to the harmonious blend of nature and human craftsmanship.
As the day's odyssey concludes around 05:00 PM, we'll escort you back to your hotel, allowing you to relish the memories of the day and rest, ready to embrace the beauty that awaits on the morrow. The enchanting landscape of Cappadocia will continue to captivate your heart and soul as you dream of the adventures that lie ahead.
Day 6: From Cappadocia to Antalya, Land of Legends (Breakfast)
Savor a delightful breakfast at your hotel, bidding Cappadocia a temporary farewell as you check out. Our team will seamlessly coordinate your transfer to Kayseri airport for a flight to the sun-soaked city of Antalya. Upon arrival in Antalya, we'll be there to greet you and whisk you away to your hotel. The day is yours to relish at your own pace, soaking in the beauty of Antalya. Allow the Mediterranean charm to enchant you as you unwind and prepare for the adventures that await.
Day 7: Unveiling Antalya's Old City and Majestic Waterfalls - A Day to Remember
Following a delicious breakfast, embark on an exploration of Antalya's rich history and natural beauty, commencing at approximately 09:30 AM. Here's a glimpse of the day's expedition:
- Antalya Archaeology Museum: Begin your day by immersing yourself in the grandeur of Antalya Archaeology Museum, the largest of its kind in Turkey. Marvel at the exhibits that narrate the ancient tales of this region.
- Duden Waterfall: Journey to Duden Waterfall, where nature's awe-inspiring beauty comes to life. Take in the breathtaking views of the Antalya coastline and the lush greenery surrounding the falls.
- Antalya City Center and Leisure Time: Proceed to the vibrant heart of Antalya, where you'll relish a delectable lunch and have ample free time to wander at your leisure. Explore the city's alleys, perhaps indulging in some souvenir shopping, before meeting up with your guide.
- Return to Your Haven: After a day filled with captivating sights and memories, we'll escort you back to your hotel, leaving you to reminisce about the day's adventures and recharge for the experiences that lie ahead.
Day 8: Journey to the Ancient Ruins of Pamukkale, Return to Istanbul's Embrace
Bid Antalya farewell after check-out and set off for a day of exploration. Here's a glimpse of what awaits:
- Hierapolis and Pamukkale Adventure: Embark on an adventure to the ancient city of Hierapolis, where you'll witness the unique geological marvel of white calcium waterfalls. Explore the extensive necropolis and stand in awe amidst impressive ruins and a splendid theatre.
- Flight to Istanbul: Following this enriching tour, we'll transfer you to Denizli Airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Once you arrive, our team will be ready to escort you to your hotel, ensuring a seamless transition.
Day 9: Farewell Istanbul, Until We Meet Again
As you wake up to a new day, relish a leisurely breakfast, soaking in the last moments of your Turkish adventure. Enjoy the day at your own pace, taking in the vibrant energy of Istanbul. Later, we'll arrange for your transfer to the airport, marking the end of an unforgettable journey through Turkey. Until we meet again, Istanbul!
Note: Additionally, for an exhilarating experience, you have the option to include the Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon tour to your itinerary at an extra cost. Let the breathtaking landscapes unfold from above as you soar in a hot air balloon, adding a touch of adventure to your journey.
- Airport to Hotel Transfers: Enjoy seamless transfers from the airport to your hotel upon arrival in Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Antalya, ensuring a stress-free beginning to your Turkish adventure.
- Flight Tickets: Fly between Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Antalya with ease, courtesy of the included flight tickets. Sit back, relax, and soak in the scenic beauty as you move effortlessly between these iconic Turkish destinations.
- Comfortable Transportation: Travel in style and comfort throughout your adventure with non-smoking and air-conditioned tourist vehicles. Embrace the scenic routes and delightful journeys between each captivating location.
- Hotel Accommodations: Nestle into your accommodations with confidence, enjoying a total of 8 nights across carefully selected hotels. Wake up each day refreshed and ready to explore, with breakfast included to start your day right.
- Guided Tours and Museum Fees: Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Turkey with a series of full-day guided tours in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya, and Pamukkale. All museum fees are included, granting you access to fascinating landmarks and historical sites.
- Lunches During Tours: Fuel your explorations with delightful lunches provided during the full-day tours. Savor local flavors and specialties, keeping your energy levels high as you discover the beauty of each location.
- International Flights: Please arrange for your international flights to and from Turkey. Our adventure within Turkey begins upon your arrival at Istanbul International Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport.
- Personal Expenses: Explore local markets, treat yourself to souvenirs, and indulge in personal experiences as you please. Personal expenses during the trip are at your discretion.
- Dinners: Discover the culinary wonders of Turkey at your leisure. Dinners are not included in the tour program, allowing you to savor the local cuisine and choose your preferred dining experiences.
- Tipping: While tipping is not mandatory, it's always appreciated for excellent service. Feel free to show your gratitude to the dedicated team assisting you throughout the journey.
Pick-up and Drop-off Details
- Arrival in Istanbul: Your adventure begins with a warm welcome at either Istanbul International Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Our team will be eagerly waiting to escort you to your hotel, setting the tone for an extraordinary journey through Turkey.
Immerse Yourself in the Essence of Turkey: A 9-Day Adventure
Experience the Best of Both Worlds: Istanbul's Enchantment and Cappadocia's Wonders
Begin your journey in Istanbul, a city where East meets West, where ancient marvels blend seamlessly with modern life. Delight in the grandeur of Hagia Sophia, the spiritual serenity of the Blue Mosque, and the vibrant buzz of the Grand Covered Bazaar. Cruise the Bosphorus, a natural divide merging two continents, and witness the exquisite Dolmabahce Palace.
Next, head to Cappadocia, a surreal wonderland of unique landscapes. Explore the mysterious caves and extraordinary rock formations of Devrent Valley, the rock-carved churches of Goreme Open Air Museum, and the intricate underground city of Kaymakli. Embrace the dawn on a hot air balloon ride, as the first rays of sun paint the sky and land in hues of gold and crimson.
Antalya: Where History Meets Nature's Grandeur
Fly to Antalya, a coastal gem graced by the Mediterranean Sea and the Taurus Mountains. Discover the historical treasures at Antalya Archaeological Museum, where artifacts tell tales of civilizations long gone. Be captivated by the Duden Waterfalls, a cascading wonder surrounded by lush greenery, offering moments of tranquility.
Pamukkale: A Journey through Time and Natural Wonders
Marvel at the surreal calcium travertines of Pamukkale, a natural wonder resembling a cotton castle. Stroll through the ancient city of Hierapolis, with its remarkable ruins and the grand theater that once echoed with cheers of spectators. Witness the ancient pools, where Cleopatra is said to have bathed, and absorb the mystical ambiance.
As your adventure draws to a close, cherish the memories of this 9-day journey through Turkey, a land where history, nature, and culture intertwine harmoniously, leaving an indelible mark on your soul.