ABOUT THE TOUR
This is the best tour if you have only one week in Turkey. During this tour you will visit the top destinations like Istanbul, Cappadocia and Ephesus. Depending on your departure flight from Turkey we can include Pamukkale to the itinerary as well.
Since this is our Gurantee Departure Tour as well you can join to our small tour group (max 12 people) or do this tour privatly.
THE TOUR COVERS: Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Goreme Open Air Museum, Kaymakli Underground City, Pasabag, Uchisar Castle, Zlve Open Air Museum, Derbent in Cappadocia, Virgin Mary's House, Ephesus (with the Terrace Houses), St. John's Basilica, Sirince Village and Temple of Artemis in Ephesus and if you have time, Hierapolis, Necropolis and the wihte terraces in Pamukkale.
INCLUDED: Entrance fees to the sites, Guiding by Professional Tourist Guide, Full Day Private Van (Mercedes Vito or Mercedes Sprinter), Meals as listerd on the itinerary, All airport transfers, Domestic Flights and accommodation at boutique hotels.
Glimpse of Turkey
As you can do this tour privately you can also join our small groups (Max 12 people)
The tour is every SATURDAY - SUNDAY - MONDAY and WEDNESDAY
The price of the tour is 900 USD per person. Single Supplement is 200 USD. Please ask the price of PAMUKKALE addition.
The price includes all airport transfers privately, all domestic flights, all day tour privatly, entrance fees to the sites, all meals as listed and accommodation at boutique hotels.
DAY 1 – ISTANBUL (D)
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is free. Tonight you will meet your guide for a tour briefing.
DAY 2 – ISTANBUL (B)
You will meet your guide at 09:00 am. Together you will visit the Topkapi Palace first. After lunch break, you will visit the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome. Then you will head to the Grand Bazaar to experience the atmosphere of this centuries-old market.
DAY 3 – ISTANBUL – CAPPADOCIA (BD)
Today you will take a short flight to Cappadocia. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. After check-in, you will have some rest and then meet your guide for a short tour in the region. You will drive to Zelve Open Air Museum which was a small village where people used to live in the Fairy Chimneys and caves, Pasabag which is famous for triple-headed Fairy Chimneys and Devrent which has rock formations with interesting forms and shapes. To end the tour in a relaxing way, you also have a chance to enjoy a Turkish Bath as well. Tonight there is also the opportunity to watch world-famous ritual of the Whirling Dervishes.
DAY 4 – CAPPADOCIA (B)
You can start the morning with an early hot air balloon tour of the magical landscape in Cappadocia. After breakfast, you will meet your guide at 09:00 am. You will start the day with a short trekking in the valleys of Cappadocia to have a better idea about the region. Then you will drive to one of the highlights of the region, Goreme Open Air Museum where you will see the Byzantine monasteries and churches carved into the soft rock, still giving ideas about the religious art of the time with their beautiful paintings and frescoes. Then you will drive to the Kaymakli Underground City. This was a great runaway and hideout place for the locals from the enemy armies throughout history. 6000 people were able to hide inside without going outside for 6 months. After exploring this mystical underground dwelling, you will drive to Uchisar Castle. You will also do a few panoramic stops to see the region from different angles. The tour ends in your hotel. As a night excursion, you will have a chance to go to a Turkish Folklore Dance show where the food and all local spirits will be included.
DAY 5 – CAPPADOCIA – IZMIR – SELCUK (B)
Today you will take a short flight to Izmir. When you get to Izmir, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Selcuk. After check-in you will meet your guide and drive to Sirince Village. This village was founded by Greeks but the inhabitants are Turkish today because of the population exchange that took place between Turkey and Greece in 1920s. The village is famous for its beautiful white Ottoman-Greek houses, fruit wine and Turkish pancakes. You will wonder at the alley ways of the village and have dinner here. After dinner, you will be transferred to your hotel.
DAY 6 – SELCUK (BD)
You will start the day with a visit to Virgin Mary’s House. From here you will head to Ephesus (unlike most of the other tour companies, Terrace Houses will be included to the tour). After visiting Ephesus, the best ancient Roman city in the Eastern Mediterranean, you will drive to Selcuk for lunch. After lunch, you will have some free time to wander around in Selcuk and then meet your guide again and do some grocery shopping for your cooking class. From here you will head to Camlik Village where you will try to prepare delicious dishes of the Turkish cuisine with a local chef from the village. The dinner will be a feast with all the food you prepared together. Tour ends in your hotel.
DAY 7 – SELCUK - ISTANBUL (B)
After the breakfast you will be transferred to Izmir airport and fly back to Istanbul today. Tour will finish when you reach to Istanbul airport (This flight ticket will be arranged according to your departure flight back home).
OPTION - 1 (if you have more time)
DAY 7 – SELCUK - PAMUKKALE - ISTANBUL (B)
After the breakfast you will drive to Pamukkale. Once you get there you will visit ancient Roman city Hierapolis, its cemetery Necropolis and the white terraces of Pamukkale. After the sightseeing you will be transferred to the airport to fly back to Istanbul.
Important Notice: Flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul reaches to Istanbul around 8 PM. If your departure flight back home is at late night time you won't need to stay Istanbul. Otherwise We will arrange the a hotel and transfers for you.
SO WHAT'S THE REST OF THE DEAL?
Hotel pick up
You will be met at your hotel by your guide and your private A/C van. After the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel by the van as well.
No ticket line
Since you will be assisted by a profesional tourist guide during the tour you will not need to wait at the ticket lines.
Be a traveller
Your guide will inform you about the sites, Turkish culture, all religions in these lands and more so when you finish the tour you will know about the places you've been.
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COME SEE TRUE ISTANBUL WITH US
Our aim is not just to take you to the sites and give you information about them but also by telling you stories we will try to make you travel back in time and learn the facts behind the historical events. We believe seeing and listening will not be enough so we will encourage you to try the local tastes to experience Turkey better. We will also encourage you to mingle with the locals to know Turkey better as well. Shortly we will do our best to be sure that you will leave Turkey with best memories and with a better understanding of these lands.