Highlights

Nine days to explore the best of Turkey’s main attractions and historical sites including the Roman ruins of Ephesus, the centre of old Constantinople, and the fairy chimney landscape of Cappadocia. Swim in the pool of Cleopatra at Pamukkale and enjoy the tranquillity of the house of the virgin Mary. 

Tour Itinerary

  • Days: 9
  • Starting Point: Istanbul
  • Ending Point: Istanbul
  • No Credit Card Fees
  • No Booking Fees
  • 5% Discount

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

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend:

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

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: B, L

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

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: 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.

  • Destination: Ephesus
  • Legend: B, L

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.

  • Destination: Pamukkale
  • Legend: B, L, D

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.

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: B

05:00 Hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia (Optional extra) 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.

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: 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.

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: B, L

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

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: B


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.

Tour Map

Tour Details

  • In Brief

    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

  • Special Features

    - 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

  • What's Included

    - 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
    - Compulsory insurance by Turkish tourism ministry. This insurance covers you for all of the services bought from us, in case of bankruptcy, insolvency or the liquidation of our agency
    - All Local taxes & No hidden costs!

  • What's Not Included

    - 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

Departure Date

  • Start Date
    Finish Date
    Day / Days / Every Day
  • Start Date: 01.01.2018
    Finish Date: 31.12.2020
    Day / Days / Every Day: Every Day

Price List

This tour is a 'Guaranteed Departure' tour. This means it will depart regardless of how many people are booked on to it.

  • Start
    Finish
    Single
    Double/Twin PP
    Triple PP
  • Start: 01.01.2018
    Finish: 31.12.2020
    Single: 2,616 AUD 2,485 AUD
    Double/Twin PP: 2,245 AUD 2,133 AUD
    Triple PP: 2,122 AUD 2,016 AUD

Reviews

Christine McTaggart

australia

I would like to thank Turkey Travel tours for a brilliant tour around Turkey. They were very helpful and even when things did not go to plan, they quickly sorted out all the issues. I would recommend this company highly to anyone who wishes to travel to Turkey. i want to pick another one of their tours soon. 

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Sally Sawyer

USA

Michael Thank you so much for all hour help. We had a great time on our trip and will recommend you company to others. Thanks, Sally

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Bronya B.

Australia

We had an incredible adventure in Turkey. Everything was well organised - the hotels were very comfortable and boutique. We were worried about travelling Turkey as vegans, however we were looked after at every meal with plenty of options. We felt we were in safe hands the entire time. We had the best time on the Best of Turkey tour and would recommend it to anyone of any age! Thank you Turkey Travel Centre, we would love to return.

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Leigh & Carol Treyvaud

Australia

Hello Michael We have now returned to Australia having finished our travels for the time being. We wanted to write to thank you and all concerned for organising our fabulous tour of various parts of Turkey. From the beginning, we were impressed with the quick and appropriate email responses to any queries we had about the itinerary. Needless to say everything went flawlessly due to the planning, organisation and our guides and drivers who looked after us so well. We have also posted on Trip Advisor I hope, a suitable review to endorse our compliments. Regards Leigh & Carol 

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Rossy Q

Melbourne, Australia

Me and my partner have organised the Best of Turkey tour through TTC in March. I specifically wish to thank Ihsan for organising the surprise birthday dinner for my partner. He certainly enjoyed the Belly Dancing show you've organised, along with the other customers at the restaurant! All tour guides were very professional, we were especially happy with Mehmet in Istanbul. Thank you very much for organising us an excellent trip.

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Linda King

Doha, Qatar

What a pleasure it was to deal with a company who never missed a beat in organizing a fantastic holiday for us. Your tour guides were extremely informative and interesting. I would not hesitate to recommend you to others. We had the most enjoyable time travelling in Turkey and can't wait to come back again. 

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Blogs

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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