Highlights

One of our most popular tours that visits all major attractions in Turkey including exotic Istanbul, the Roman ruins of Ephesus, the fairy chimney landscape of Cappadocia and the white cotton castle of Pamukkale. Includes an overnight stay in Kusadasi. 

Tour Itinerary

  • Days: 7
  • Starting Point: Istanbul
  • Ending Point: Istanbul
  • No Credit Card Fees
  • No Booking Fees
  • 5% Discount

Pick up from the airport 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

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 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. After the tour, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: B, L

Pick up from the hotel according to your flight schedule and transfer to the airport.

  • 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 small group 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
    - All Local taxes & No hidden costs!
    - 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

  • What's Not Included

    - International Airfare & 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

Departure Date

Tour Departs Daily (Guaranteed), year round. Small Group Tour - 15 to 20 Maximum Passengers

  • 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

Tour Departs Daily (Guaranteed), year round. Small Group Tour - 15 to 20 Maximum Passengers

  • Start
    Finish
    Single
    Double/Twin PP
    Triple PP
  • Start: 01.01.2018
    Finish: 31.12.2019
    Single: 2,144 AUD 2,037 AUD
    Double/Twin PP: 1,554 AUD 1,476 AUD
    Triple PP: 1,462 AUD 1,389 AUD

Reviews

G. Smith

Australia

GeHi Michael We are now home after one of the most memorable trips we have ever had – Turkey surpassed all of our expectations and the organisation form your end was superb – just enhancing our wonderful experience. Thank you for your suggestions and flexibility in varying our proposed itinerary. 

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Yvonne B.

Australia

Guides all really good, if different. All very open with regard to Turkey and the current political situation there. Mehmet - very knowledgeable, friendly and an excellent driver. Ferit - very knowledgeable with a real passion for the Romans. Also has a great sense of humour - very dry. Mustafa - very knowledgeable, gave us some very thoughtful insights into Islam. Friendly and open Felt very safe at all times. All connections went smoothly. Fabulous trip. Will definitely promote your company to friends. Thanks Michael. Regards Yvonne and John B.

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W. O'Brien

Australia

I was hoping to give you some feedback from our recent trip. Thanks for arranging a good trip for the two of us. All of the transfers and pick ups were excellent and punctual except one but they informed us that they were running late. All of the hotels used were excellent as well.

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Louise F.

Australia

Hi Michael, Firstly, my apologies for not corresponding with you sooner. I do hope you are well? On behalf of everyone on our trip to Turkey we wanted to extend a huge thank you for providing us with a trip of a lifetime. I was delighted to meet you in Istanbul and appreciate you making the effort to introduce yourself. I cannot thank you enough for your assistance and helpful guidance throughout the organisation of our itinerary and tour. You have excelled with the planning and all the staff involved were exceptional.

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Ben S

Sydney, Australia

TTC contacts Michael Altan and Ihsan Dincel were quick to reply to our inquiries and to give us the best possible deal. The tour they organised for us was terrific, a huge success, with flights and site visits and hotel bookings all arranged perfectly. Our guide on Saturday 11 April was informative and fun and had a great sense of the time our small group needed at each stop. All the tour and transfer vehicles were top notch and the hotel TTC arranged for us was a joy. TTC organised everything and still left us enough time to explore a bit on our own. Very happy indeed!

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Lena S.

Australia

Hi Ihsan

Gave outstanding review to TTC on tripadviser.

Attached favourite photo of Turkey. cLose look at pide kitchen to see skilled cooks making delicious pides in Kudadasi. Owner insists meal on the house! What kind n warm Turkish hospitality....which made our trip a most memorable one.

Regards

Lena

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Blogs

The Cave Churches of Cappadocia

Colourful balloons, fairytale chimneys, beautiful steeds, cave hotels and yet the land of Cappadoci offers even more surprises, with its fascinating churches.There are as many as 600 churches made out of the soft rock that dot the Cappadocia landscape, but there may well be many more yet to be unearthed.

Following the eruption of Mount Erciyes, the ash and lava formed soft rocks which eroded due to the elements. The region’s inhabitants came to realize they could carve into the rocks and soon turned them into houses, caves, and churches. The churches offered sanctuary to early Christians who then decorated them with art and symbols.

The churches flourished following the gathering of more communities under the guide of Saint Basil of Caesarea – one of the three renowned Cappadocian Fathers who advanced early Christian theology. The 4th century sanctuaries included many examples of Byzantine art, but later churches offer richer frescoes and images of the day.

The best churches are the ones at Goreme Village, but there are more with strong Egyptian influences with local names such as Sandal, Snake and Apple.

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What is the best time of year to visit Turkey?

Istanbul is a city operating all year round so any-time is good to visit. If you like sunshine, come between April to October as winter in Istanbul can be cold and rainy with the occasional snowfall.

The tourism season on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts run from May to October but tourist sites like Ephesus are open all year round. Gulet cruises are more enjoyable when refined to the months of June to September.

Cappadocia is also a region operating all year round, although in the wintertime, snowfall is usual. The snow does provide a pretty landscape view and the hot air balloons rides will still operate as long as weather conditions are advisable.

If you travel between the months of December to March, bring an umbrella as this is when the country receives the most amount of rain.

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