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Day 1 - Arrival in Istanbul

Pick up from the airport (or cruise port) and transfer to your hotel by private car. Overnight stay in Istanbul.


Day 2 - Old City Tour (B,L)

Visit Haghia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace (harem not included). Overnight stay in Istanbul.


Day 3 - Bosphorus & Two Continents Tour (B,L)

Visit the Spice Bazaar, enjoy the Bosphorus by Boat, Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge and Camlica Hill. Overnight stay in Istanbul.


Day 4 - Ephesus Tour by Flight (B,L)

Early morning airport transfer for your flight to Izmir. Then visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Then visit Ephesus Ancient City, the best-preserved Greco-Roman city in the world. Here you will explore the Agora, Odeon, Celsius Library, Hadrian Temple, Roman Baths, Grand Theatre & Marble Street. After a lunch break, visit the House of Virgin Mary, where she is thought to have spent her final years. Overnight stay in Kusadasi.


Day 5 - Pamukkale Tour (B,L,D)

Morning drive to Pamukkale, then lunch. In the afternoon, tour the 'Cotton Castle.' Bring swimwear as you may have time to swim in the Antique Pool (extra fee applies.) Also visit the ancient ruins of the City of Hierapolis with its theatre and Necropolis. Overnight in Pamukkale.


Day 6 - Pamukkale to Cappadocia by Flight

Transfer to the airport for your morning flight from Pamukkale to Cappadocia (via Istanbul.) On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Free afternoon. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.


Day 7 - Cappadocia North Tour with Balloon Flight (B,L)

05:00 Hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia (optional - 150 Euro surcharge applies)
Hotel pickup, then a quick snack and safety briefing. Watching the balloon inflate, then you're off! Soaring over fairy chimneys, and dipping low to skim cave dwellings. This may be your favourite part of your Turkey trip - it will certainly be unforgettable. Celebrate a soft landing with a quick drink, and return to your hotel for breakfast around 8.30am.
Full Day Cappadocia Tour - (North). Visit Zelve open air museum, which once housed one of the largest communities in the region. Visit Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabag (Monks Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Visit Goreme Open-Air Museum and the natural Castle at Uchisar. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.


Day 8 - Cappadocia South Tour - Istanbul (B,L)

Full Day Cappadocia Tour - (South). Visit Derinkuyu Underground City and the beautiful Valley of Ihlara, formerly known as Peristerema. Explore the famous rock-hewn churches and hike 4 km through the valley. On the way back, visit monasteries in Selime Village and a 13th century Caravansaray on the Silk Road. After the tour, transfer to airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Overnight stay in Istanbul.


Day 9 - Istanbul - Goodbye (B)

Pick up from the hotel according to your flight (or cruise) schedule and transfer to the airport (or cruise port).


Legend : B : Breakfast, L : Lunch, D : Dinner,
You can customize this trip with additional days! Slow the pace with rest days in locations of your choice, or add additional sightseeing days along the route.

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Tour Details

This tour is specially designed for travelers with limited time in Turkey and no desire to take an overnight bus! The tour visits the main highlights of Turkey, but you don't feel like you're on a whirlwind group tour

- Small group tour (up to 18 passengers)
- Can be extended or customized
- Can add balloon flight over Cappadocia
- Can add Gallipoli extension

This tour is also offered as a private tour! Ask for details

- All accommodation as per the itinerary
- Professional English speaking guide on tours
- Full day guided tours mentioned in the itinerary
- All flight tickets mentioned in the itinerary
- All transportation & transfers
- All meals mentioned in the itinerary
- All museum and entrance fees where necessary
- Wifi available at all our hotels
- All Local taxes & No hidden costs!

- International airfares & taxes
- Optional Balloon flight over Cappadocia
- Visits and services not mentioned in program
- Travel Insurance
- Personal expenses
- Gratuities to the guide and driver
- Visa fee

Hotels

We only work with hand-selected hotels. Our hotels go through stringent testing to ensure quality, comfort and service. We are one of the a few travel agencies in Istanbul who provide our customers with a mobile number accessible 24 hours a day, in case of emergicencies

Destination Hotel Name Type Detail
Cappadocia Stone House Cave Hotel or similar Special Class Boutique Hotel Detail
Istanbul Sokullu Pasa Hotel or similar Special Class Boutique Hotel Detail
Kusadasi Efe Boutique Hotel or similar 4 Star Boutique Hotel Detail
Pamukkale Doga Thermal Health & Spa Hotel or similar 5 Star Boutique Hotel Detail

Reviews

Kate & Kerry

We recently completed an amended 12 day Best of Turkey trip organised by Turkey Travel Centre and we just want to say that our experience was fantastic from start to finish! First of all we want to thank Liz, Michael, Enver and all the team at TTC for providing such a comprehensive, professional and personal experience for our first time in Turkey. We were so impressed by the fast and helpful responses to all of our enquiries and the price of the tour was very reasonable considering everything that was included - the hotels were all of a very high quality and the included meals were beyond expectation. The system of drivers, guides and transfers never ceased to amaze us as it just ran like clockwork making our trip stress free allowing us to simply enjoy these amazing destinations. The knowledge and professionalism of the guides also enhanced our experience as we loved learning about the history of this great country. We would also like to say a special thankyou to Enver for going out of his way to give us a truly memorable experience in Istanbul involving an incredible view over the city. I would recommend TTC to anyone planning a trip to Turkey - you would be in very good hands.

Judy & George

We thought you would like to hear a brief comment on our recent Best of Turkey Tour. It far exceeded our expectations. What we experienced could not have been achieved as independent travellers. Guides in all areas were excellent..in some cases we had a private tour experience. To be in Gallipoli prior to Anzac Day was due to your suggestion and variation to the tour. Hotels were in great locations but our favourite was Sokullu Pasa in Istanbul. All staff there gave every assistance to any enquiry we had. A very friendly team made our stay there a highlight. Meals were excellent in all locations.

Manuela VEDDOVI

We had a fabulous time in Turkey, over and beyond our expectations. Thanks Michael for organizing our Best of Turkey tour, including accommodation and transport. We adored Istanbul, the hotel both there and in Cappadocia were delightful. I was impressed by the state of all the attractions we saw as they are amazingly well maintained and the guides obviously knew their history well.

Of Ephesus, Pamulkale and Cappadocia, "Kapadokya" won our hearts. What a delightful place and we are looking forward to seeing it again some day.

Travelling with a 14 year old is not always a delight, but our son was thrilled with variety of places we saw and it made learning historical facts so much more interesting for him. We were delighted that like us, he too enjoyed it so much.

Looking forward to seeing all those other gorgeous places we did not make it to this time in the near future.

Thanks again for the wonderful experience, we have been singing the praises of Turkey and your travel centre since we've returned home.

Fond Regards

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Top Things to Do in Cappadocia

The Cappadocia region is full of intrigue, mystery and historical richness. Cave hotels, underground cities and ancient churches should be on everyone’s agenda when they visit the region. The ideal amount of time to spend in the area is at least two days and this will allow you to explore all the highlights at a leisurely pace. Below are our suggestions of what to do.

There are many valleys within the Cappadocia region but Ihlara valley is the most well-known out of them all. It is in the Aksaray province and is 14km long. Formed by earthquakes thousands of years ago, a river flows through the middle and cave churches are hidden inside the valley walls. It is possible to walk just a section of it if you are not enthusiastic about the whole trek.

Goreme open air museum is a world heritage UNESCO site. Most of the cave churches date back to the 11th century and the dark church has intricate frescoes that are considered to be a perfect example of late Byzantine art. Just two hours is needed to explore this museum and it is worthwhile to go with a guide to learn about the historical importance of the nunneries and monasteries that you will see.

A hot air balloon trip is highly recommended. Every morning at sunrise, up to twenty balloons rise into the skies to drift over Goreme and the Cappadocia valleys. This activity is highly popular so it is advised to pre book your space in advance.

It is estimated that there are hundreds of underground cities in Cappadocia but Derinkuyu underground city is the most popular. Used by locals at times of invasion, they enabled whole communities to protect themselves and their livestock. The pure size, network and structure meant communities could live underground for up to three months at a time.

Uchisar castle is the highest point in the region and one of the best examples of how locals in the past made buildings, homes, caves and churches out of rock. The castle just takes one hour to explore and a must see sight is the 360 degree panoramic view that it gives over the whole Cappadocia region.

Pottery demonstrations in Avanos are fun and a challenge to find out if you have the inspiration to create a master piece. This area is well known throughout the whole of Turkey for the pottery pieces that they produce using clay from the nearby red river. If you don’t want to participate, you can also watch a master craftsman at work and buy some unique holiday souvenirs.

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Famous Yalis of the Bosphorus

Most attention focused on the Bosphorus talks about its role separating the east and west.

The long stretch of water divides the exotic city of Istanbul into two continents, defining the land mass as either Asian or European.

Many wars and battles took place in the Bosphorus as powerful rulers aimed to gain control of this strategically important strait.

These days, it is more a tourist attraction than a battleground.

Cruises along the Bosphorus pass several historic sites including castles and palaces that stand proud on the waterfront, surrounding the  impressive yali houses from the last four centuries.

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The Ancient Roman Ruins of Ephesus

The extensive work of historians and archaeologists over many centuries has given current generations, some impressive landmarks across the world. On the Aegean Coast of Turkey, near the popular coastal resort of Kusadasi, sits one of them.

It still portrays magnificence. It still leaves people speechless. It still shows evidence of the forward thinking, intelligence, and confidence of the former Roman Empire. Called Ephesus, it should be on everyone’s bucket list, whether you have a passion for history or not.

Visiting Ephesus

The city had a long Greek history but it was under Roman rule that it excelled. The Romans had absorbed many traditions, cultural aspects, and philosophical ideas from ancient Greece and as visitors walk around the structures that have been excavated and reconstructed, it is easy to see how Romans lived their lives, from the water aqueducts, terraced houses, and public latrines, use by the rich and influential citizens of society.

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Departure Date

Start Date Finish Date Day / Days / Every Day  
01.01.2014 31.12.2014 Every Day Enquire Or Book
01.01.2015 31.12.2015 Every Day Enquire Or Book

Price List

Start Finish Single Double/Twin PP Triple PP  
01.01.2014 31.12.2014 1,620.00 EUR 1,350.00 EUR 1,290.00 EUR Enquire Or Book
01.01.2015 31.12.2015 1,700.00 EUR 1,415.00 EUR 1,350.00 EUR Enquire Or Book

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