Explore the lunar landscape of Cappadocia. Take an amazing city break in Istanbul and the ancient Roman ruins of Ephesus and much more in a 6-day short break to Turkey.
Day 1: Arrival Istanbul
Your English-speaking driver will meet and assist you at Istanbul Airport and then escort you to your hotel. Check in to your room and enjoy the afternoon free to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Full Day Istanbul Tour
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up to enjoy the exotic city that spans both Europe and Asia. Visit the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Free time in Grand bazaar with it’s 3,500 shops to end the day and then back to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul.Meals: Breakfast
Day 3: Istanbul - Cappadocia Tour
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Istanbul airport for flight to Cappadocia in the morning. After 1 hour flight arrive in Kayseri. Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. After check-in at the hotel, you will start a private Cappadocia tour at 12:00, visiting the Goreme Open Air Museum, the Underground Cities, ‘fairy chimneys’ and much more. Back to your hotel and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 4: Cappadocia Tour - Izmir
After breakfast at your hotel, start our second day in Cappadocia. First you will visit Zelve and then take a walk in Ihlara Canyon Valley up to Belisirma village, the ancient Peristrema. You will visit the Rock-cut churches and witness the early Christian art and images from the Bible painted on their walls. Climb to the top of the Uchisar Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Afterward you will transfer to the airport for a flight to Izmir. Check into your hotel and stay overnight in Izmir.
Day 5: Ephesus Tour - Istanbul
After breakfast, depart for visit the Artemis Temple, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Continue to Ephesus, an important center of early Christianity and the site of many impressive ruins. Lunch will be served in the garden of a local handicrafts center where you will see a demonstration of traditional carpet weaving techniques and enjoy viewing some of the beautiful carpets. After lunch you will visit House of the Virgin Mary, located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles from Ephesus. Mary came to Ephesus with St. John after the death of Jesus Christ and lived there until her death. Drive to Izmir airport for your flight back to Istanbul at 18.30. After 1 hour flight arrival in Istanbul at 19.30. Transfer to the hotel for overnight in Istanbul.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6: Final Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for final departure. End of our services.Meals: Breakfast
- Meet and greet service by English speaking driver at airport
- All transfers by private, air-conditioned vehicle
- Accommodation for 3 nights in Istanbul including breakfast
- Accommodation for 1 night in Cappadocia including breakfast
- Accommodation for 1 night in Izmir including breakfast
- Domestic flight tickets (Istanbul – Kayseri – Izmir - Istanbul)
- All sightseeing tours as mentioned above
- Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary
- English-speaking tour guide during the tour
- Meals as mentioned in the above itinerary
- All service charges and taxes
- International Airfare.
- Turkey entry visa.
- Any optional tours.
- Personal Spendings.
Prices per Person
- Ottoman Hotel Park Istanbul or similar
- Melekler evi Hotel Cappadocia or similar
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- Please note that single room occupancy is applied for those coming with other and prefer single occupancy.
Best Time to Visit Turkey
Spring and autumn are the ideal times to visit Istanbul and the inland regions. The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts are typically like the Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers. As you travel further east in Turkey the extremes in climate become more pronounced with very hot and dry summers reaching highs of 40°C and bitterly cold winters with heavy snowfall.
Flying to Turkey
Istanbul for comfort and quality – Turkish Airlines & Delta Airlines (Daily and Scheduled Airlines only)
09 hours 30 minutes direct from New York
10 hours direct from Washington
Standard Time = GMT+2 hours
Summer Time = GMT+3 hours
Required - obtainable an e-Visa online by your credit or debit card before you travel costs $20 or on arrival
Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip includes measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot
Most citizens of Turkey are Muslims, but Turkish society is secular and modern, so European dress styles prevail. For your holiday in Turkey, dress the same as you wear in your country