Highlights of Turkey (11-day tour)

How much can you see in 11 days?

Discover Turkey’s treasures on an 11-day tour by flight and bus

Be guided by our best-licensed tour guides in this tailor-made tour and uncover Turkey’s best highlights. Step onto the origins of one of the most adored epicenters of the world – Istanbul. Travel back in time to World War II at Gallipoli and go even further to the Hellenistic periods at Pergamon. In this small-group tour, we will also visit the magical travertines at Pamukkale’s “Cotton Castle” and get a taste of the Roman golden age at Hierapolis. Get an insider’s view of Cappadocia, the land of fairy chimneys, and connect to the heritage of the Byzantines and Hittites.

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  • Duration: 11 days
  • Included:
    • Hotel pick-up and airport transfers
    • Flight and bus tickets
    • Professional tour guide
    • Entry fees
    • Accommodation
    • All domestic taxes

    Check for included meals: B – breakfast L – lunch D – dinner

  • Excluded:
    • Drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast)
    • Entry fee for the Terrace Houses in Ephesus.

The main places that you will get to see:

Day 1 – Arrival – Welcome to Istanbul

Upon arrival at the airport, our driver will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Have a short briefing with our representative about the tour and take the rest of the day for yourself.

Day 2: Istanbul Highlights / Old City Tour (B, L)

After breakfast, your tour guide will meet you at the hotel and, from there continue to the tour starting point. Explore the Historical Peninsula of Istanbul with the following highlights; Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, and Topkapi Palace.

End of day 1:

Having covered the highlights of Istanbul, you will be transfer back to your hotel.

Day 3: Gallipoli Tour (L)

Starting early in the morning, hop on a bus journey (4 hours) to the Gallipoli peninsula. Recharge with a nurturing lunch at a local restaurant before starting the tour at Brighton Beach. We will explore the Dardanelles Strait with its memorials, monuments, battlefields, and other highlights such as ANZAC Cove cemeteries, Lone Pine Australian memorial, original tunnels and trenches at Johnston’s Jolly, The infamous Nek cemetery, Ataturk and the New Zealand memorial, and cemetery.

End of day 3:

At the end of the tour be transferred to your hotel and overnight in Eceabat or Canakkale.

Day 4: Troy and Pergamon Tour (B, L)

Check out after breakfast and depart for a full-day tour, starting with Troy. Explore this site which hosted the famous Trojan War, visiting the different parts of the old city, covering highlights such as The Trojan Horse, Sacrificial Altars, The 3700-year-old City Walls, and the Temple of Athena – central to the great annual festival in honor of the goddess Athena.

From Troy, we will continue south on a 3-hour drive to Pergamon. Explore the spectacular aesthetics of Pergamon while visiting the Asclepion and the Health Centre. As we proceed, we will find also the Acropol, the Red Basilica and the Temple of Serapis, and finally the spectacular work of engineering of the Great Theater.

End of day 4:

Having the tour finished be transferred to your hotel at the beautiful resort town of Kusadasi.

Day 5: Ephesus Tour (B, L)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and meet with your tour guide to begin the full-day tour at Ephesus. Discover one of the 7 Wonders of The Ancient World – Temple of Artemis; explore the Ancient city of Ephesus, visit Isabey Mosque and the House of Virgin Mary.

End of day 5:

Having the tour finished be transferred to our hotel and take the rest of the day to explore the town of Kusadasi, where you’ll spend the night.

Day 6: Pamukkale and Hierapolis (B, L)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and embark on a 2.5-hour journey to Pamukkale. Start the full-day tour exploring the Hierapolis Ancient City, bath in the Ancient Pool of Cleopatra and soak in the magical panorama of Pamukkale’s Travertines.

End of day 6:

At the end of the tour, be transferred back to your hotel in Kusadasi.

Day 7: Izmir – Cappadocia by flight (B)

Check out after breakfast and be transferred to the airport in Izmir for a flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival, our representative will greet you and we will proceed to your cave hotel in Cappadocia, where you will overnight for 2 nights.

End of day 7:

Take the rest of the day to explore Cappadocia on your own.

Day 8: North Cappadocia / Red Tour (B, L)

Begin the journey in Cappadocia with the Red Tour. After breakfast, meet with your tour guide and continue to the tour’s starting point. Discover the valleys, small towns, and other highlights such as Uchisar Castle, Goreme Open-Air Museum, Cavusin, Pasabag, Avanos, Devrent Valley, and 3 Beauties.

End of day 8:

Having covered all the highlights of the north side, return to your hotel and take the rest of the day for yourself.

Day 9: South Cappadocia / Green Tour & Flight to Istanbul (B, L)

Don’t miss your chance for the balloon flight: meet the rising sun from above and get a bird’s eye view of Cappadocia. After breakfast meet with your professional tour guide to continue the tour in the Southern region, where the following highlights will be covered; Goreme Panorama, Underground City, Ihlara Valley, Selime Monastery, and Pigeon Valley.

End of day 9:

Having the tour finished return to your hotel to pick up your luggage. Our team will transfer you to the airport for a flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival meet with our representative and continue to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 10: Free day in Istanbul (B)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and take the day to explore the modern part of Istanbul on your own. Our colleagues at the hotel can help you with guidance, if needed. If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience while in Istanbul, we highly recommend the Bosphorus Cruise and Dinner Cruise with Turkish Night Show.

Day 11: End of the 11-day Tour (B)

Tour completed!

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and, after checking out, our team will arrange your transfer to the airport.

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