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Delight in the fascinating sights of Turkey, from the bazaars of Istanbul to the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Cruise on the Bosphorus, discover the caves of the Goreme Valley and visit the Cotton Castle of Pamukkale. Discover the ancient ruins of Ephesus before discovering the heritage of Izmir and Canakkale at the archaeological sites of Pergamon and Troy!
Day Summary Itinerary Activities Hotel
1 Home – Night on board Fly to Istanbul on Air plane
2 Arrival Istanbul Transfer from airport to the hotel, rest of day is free. Tryp by Wyndham Istanbul Topkapi
3 Istanbul Visit to the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent. Tryp by Wyndham Istanbul Topkapi
4 Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Bazaar Visit Tryp by Wyndham Istanbul Topkapi
5 Istanbul – Ankara Ankara & Ataturk Mausoleum Radisson Blu Hotel, Ankara
6 Ankara – Cappadocia Salt Lake Visit Ramada By Wyndham Cappadocia
7 Cappadocia Full-Day Highlights of Cappadocia Excursion Ramada By Wyndham Cappadocia
8 Cappadocia – Pamukkale Visit to Hierapolis & Cotton Castle in Pamukkale. Richmond Pamukkale Thermal
9 Pamukkale – Ephesus – Kusadasi – Izmir Ephesus visit and Pilgrimage to the House of the Virgin Mary. Ramada Plaza By Wyndham İzmir
10 Izmir – Pergamon – Troy – Canakkale Highlights of Pergamon & Troy. Yurdakul Hotel
11 Canakkale – Bursa – Istanbul City Tour of Bursa. Tryp by Wyndham Istanbul Topkapi
12 Istanbul – Home Transfer from the Hotel to Airport, take your flight to home,  or extend your trip

Day 1: Home – Night on board

Ready to discover the cultural treasures and incredible landscapes of Turkey? Arrive at your US departure airport ready to catch a flight to Istanbul*. Night on board.

*If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

Day 2: Istanbul

Arrive in bustling Istanbul, once the capital of Turkey, a city brimming with history, culture and delicious cuisine. Transfer to your hotel, get settled, and if time allows, enjoy the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Important note: Take advantage of our optional excursions package and save by adding several of the optional activities to your itinerary in one go.

Pack of 3 Excursions – Istanbul Package (Optional, $259/person)

  • full-day tour of Istanbul
  • half-day tour of Anatolia
  • dinner and show on a Bosphorus cruise

Pack of 3 Excursions – Cappadocia Package (Optional, $468/person)

  • hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia
  • Turkish Night
  • sunset 4×4 tour

Accommodation: Tryp by Wyndham Istanbul Topkapi

Day 3: Istanbul

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, head to the grandiose Suleymaniye Mosque. Located on the third hill of Istanbul, it boasts one of the most incredible panoramic views of the city.

After the visit, choose to take the transfer back to your hotel, or, spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring Istanbul at your own pace (no included transfer back to the hotel). Discover its labyrinthine bazaars, vibrant city life and eclectic architecture.

To fully immerse yourself in the local culture, we recommend an optional full-day city tour of Istanbul* and/or an optional dinner show on the Bosphorus**! Overnight stay in Istanbul.

*Optional full-day Istanbul city tour ($133/person): see Istanbul’s most emblematic sights, from the incredible Topkapi Palace to Hagia Sophia. Enjoy included lunch, see the exterior of the iconic Blue Mosque and historic Hippodrome. End the afternoon at the bustling Grand Bazaar, home to more than 4000 shops.

**Optional dinner show on the Bosphorus ($78/person): the best way to enjoy a traditional Turkish dinner on an evening cruise down the Bosphorus! See the suspension bridges of Istanbul as they twinkle in the evening light. Enjoy exciting dance shows (belly dance and dervish), Turkish music, a delicious dinner and two drinks per person.

Accommodation: Tryp by Wyndham Istanbul Topkapi

Day 4: Istanbul

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day at the aromatic Spice Bazaar, established by the Ottomans. Next, take a boat ride along the Bosphorus, enjoy views of old palaces and traditional houses as you sail through the heart of the city; the border between Europe and Asia.

After disembarking, enjoy time exploring the city at your own pace (no included transfer back to the hotel). We recommend an optional excursion to the key attractions of the Anatolian side of the city to discover more of Istanbul*. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

*Optional half-day Anatolian Istanbul excursion with lunch ($83/person): explore the Anatolian side, home to some of the country’s most beautiful architecture, from the iconic Beylerbeyi Palace to the murals adorning the winding streets. Drive to Camlica Hill, in the underrated Üsküdar district. Take in the panoramic views from the highest point and soak up the bustling atmosphere from the city below. Enjoy lunch included.

Accommodation: Tryp by Wyndham Istanbul Topkapi

Day 5: Istanbul – Ankara

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin your journey to Ankara, crossing the spectacular mountains of Bolu along the way. Arrive and enjoy a panoramic tour of Ankara, the Turkish capital and a modern and cosmopolitan city steeped in history and ancient culture.

Later, pay a visit to Anıtkabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk. Inaugurated in 1953, it’s dedicated to the founder of Modern Turkey. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Ankara.

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel, Ankara

Day 6: Ankara – Cappadocia

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, begin your journey to incredible Cappadocia, famed for its unique geological formations. Pass by the spectacular Salt Lake along the way.

Arrive in Cappadocia and transfer to the hotel. Head to a wonderful ceramic workshop where you’ll witness the traditional way of creating ceramic objects, from everyday artifacts to true works of art. Enjoy a visit to a precious stone shop and gain insight into the process of turning the raw material into stunning jewelry. Based on operative reasons this activity might be done the next day.

The remainder of the day is yours to begin discovering the landscapes of this magical region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To contemplate an unforgettable scene, we recommend our optional safari and sunset tour* for an adrenaline rush through the valleys of the city. Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia.

*Optional Jeep safari and sunset in Cappadocia ($72/person): Immerse yourself in the magical Cappadocia valley landscape, enjoying the sunset as you do impressive, adrenaline-pumping dips, donuts, and tricks, in a 4X4 jeep.

Accommodation: Ramada By Wyndham Cappadocia


Day 7: Cappadocia

Breakfast at the hotel. Why not start the day with an optional hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia*, a once-in-a-lifetime experience? Next, you have the chance to enjoy an optional visit to Kaimakli**, the incredible underground city*.

Mid-morning, discover the fascinating landscapes of Cappadocia, formed by the erosion of layers of lava and ash from ancient volcanic eruptions over 3 million years ago! Visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, a Byzantine monastic complex with beautiful frescoes.

Explore the Valleys of Avcilar, Pasabagi and Güvercinlik, where the captivating “Fairy Chimneys” are located, followed by a visit to a local carpet workshop. Afterwards you can enjoy an optional Turkish night in Cappadocia***. Return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

*Optional Hot Air Balloon flight ($364/person): float over Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys, tuff valleys and rock-cut churches and experience the sunrise from a unique viewpoint on a 1-hour hot air balloon flight. Enjoy panoramic sunrise views, celebrate with a non-alcoholic beverage and a personalized flight certificate. Minimum age limit for children: 6 years old.

Please note: The hot air balloon flight depends on weather conditions at the destination and will be confirmed the day before. If the activity cannot take place, it will be refunded upon return.

**Optional visit to Kaimakli, the underground city ($34/person): discover the maze of tunnels and rooms carved eight levels deep into the earth 12 miles from the city of Nevsehir. Believed to have been built in the Hittite period, it’s the widest of the underground cities in the region.

***Optional Turkish night in Cappadocia ($78/person): A fun evening filled with typical dances from the different regions in Turkey, including the famous belly dance. Enjoy this colorful event and the party atmosphere as you take in the traditions of the area! Unlimited drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) during the show.

Accommodation: Ramada By Wyndham Cappadocia

Day 8: Cappadocia – Pamukkale

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart early this morning to Pamukkale. Take a tour through the ancient Hellenistic city of Hierapolis, famed for its unique geological features. Next, explore the Cotton Castle, a natural wonder of white waterfalls, stalactites and natural pools.

Explore the otherworldly landscapes formed over the centuries by the passing of mineral-rich water from nearby hot springs, the perfect spot to practice your photography skills! As the day draws to a close, stop by a textile shop before you transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Pamukkale.

Accommodation: Richmond Pamukkale Thermal

Day 9: Pamukkale – Ephesus – Kusadasi – Izmir

Breakfast at the hotel. Delve deeper into the history of this land today. Pay a visit to an important pilgrimage site, the House of the Virgin Mary, believed to be the place where she spent the final years of her life.

Head to the Greco-Roman City of Ephesus, once the capital of Asia Minor and one of the best-preserved cities from this period. Discover the Temple of Hadrian, the Temple of Trajan, the Theatre and the Library of Celsus. Finally, check out an artisan leather shop to see how the local craftsmen work with this material.

Afterwards, head north to the city of Izmir or Kusadasi, depending on the confirmed hotel. Izmir is known for its expansive archaeological sites and is situated on the beautiful Aegean coast. Dinner and transfer to your hotel.

Please note: During the summer months (May to November) accommodation may be in the city of Kusadasi instead of Izmir, but the order of the itinerary will remain the same.

Accommodation: Ramada Plaza by Wyndham İzmir

Day 10: Izmir – Pergamon – Troy – Canakkale

Breakfast at the hotel. The first stop of the day is the ancient city of Pergamon, one of the most important cultural, commercial and medical centers of antiquity. Visit the Asclepion, the ancient world’s most prestigious hospital, once home to Galen, the famous Greek physician and philosopher.

Another exciting highlight awaits as you continue to the archaeological site of Troy, one of history’s most legendary cities! Discover incredible ruins and relive the famous saga of the siege of Troy, immortalized in Homer’s Iliad.

Afterwards, continue to Canakkale. Spread across both sides of the Dardanelles Strait, this historic city is home to fascinating museums and sights related to its strategic location on the Dardanelles Strait. Transfer to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay in Canakkale.

Accommodation: Yurdakul Hotel

Day 11: Canakkale – Bursa – Istanbul

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off for Bursa this morning, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. The city is also known as ‘Green Bursa’ as it’s surrounded by lush forests and mountains.

Pay a visit to the spectacular Ulu Camii Mosque, Koza Han Silk Bazaar and the Green Tomb. After exploring Bursa, continue north to Topçular to cross the Gulf of Izmit either by ferry or by crossing the Osmangazi Bridge (decision based on operational reasons).

After crossing the Gulf, continue by road to Istanbul. Arrive, get settled at the hotel. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Accommodation: Tryp by Wyndham Istanbul Topkapi

Day 12: Istanbul – Home

Breakfast* at the hotel. Sadly, it’s time to bring your adventure through Turkey to an end. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Arrive in the US and end your trip**.

*Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

**Depending on the choice of flight, you may arrive back in the US the following day.

Canakkale Yudakul Hotel

Troya Caddesi No: 135 Merkez/Canakkale, Türkiye

+90 286 501 01 01

Izmir Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Izmir

Etiler Mah. Murselsapa Bulv No. 12/104 Konak, Izmir, Turkey 35240

+90 232 402 10 02

Pamukkale Richmond Pamukkale Thermal

Karahayit District 163_2 Street 20260 Pamukkale Denizli - Turkey

+90 258 271 42 94

Cappadocia Ramada by Wyndham Cappadocia

Nevsehir Cd. No:1 | Karatas Mevkii, Ortahisar 50650, Turkiye

+90 384 343 34 70

Ankara Radisson Blu Hotel, Ankara

Anafartalar, Istiklal Cd. No:20, 06030 Altındağ/Ankara, Türkiye

+90 312 310 48 48

Istanbul Tryp by Wyndham Istanbul Topkapi

Seyitnizam, Mevlana Cd. No:79, 34015 Zeytinburnu/İstanbul, Türkiye

+90 212 614 50 50

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Please ensure that your passport has at least two blank pages and is valid for at least six months after your return date.

The Price includes

  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US – Istanbul – US.
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation in Superior category hotels.
  • 10 breakfasts and 6 dinners.
  • All transfers
  • Visits and entrance fees with an English-speaking guide as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Active tour with a comprehensive schedule of activities.
  • Cruise along the Bosphorus.
  • English-speaking guide during the whole trip.

Not included

Drinks, entrance fees, tips and any other services not mentioned in “What’s included”.

Mandatory tips of 40USD per person (for Guides, drivers, porters and waiters) are not included in the price and must be paid at the destination. These are the ONLY mandatory tips you will be required to pay for during this tour. Tipping for the rest of the trip is optional, but keep in mind that tipping is an important part of Turkish culture and that it is commonplace for service providers to ask for tips. In these cases, it is up to your personal discretion whether to tip or not.

Please note that passengers arriving to Turkey from January 15th 2023 onwards must make a tourism tax payment of $10 per person. This payment is imposed by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and is mandatory for all passengers entering their country. This tourist tax is not included in the total booking amount and it will be collected by the tour guide in order to be paid to the authorities.

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