07 Days Highlights of Turkey
Istanbul Airport, Turkey - Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport, Turkey, Turkey
Ephesus Turkey

Details

7 Days | 6 Nights

Tour Type: Private
Runs: Everyday
Accommodation: 4* hotel, 5* hotel
Minimum Age: 12

Tour Description


This private 7-Day tour will take you to the dream destinations in Turkey. From the busy street and historical mosques of Istanbul, to the charming volcanic rock formation in Cappadocia up to the historical and coastal city of Izmir that was built by Alexander the Great during the 4th-century BC.

Highlights

  • Explore the lively and historical city of Istanbul
  • Be in awe with the major attractions in Cappadocia
  • Visit the historical and archaeological sites in Izmir

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Istanbul Airport – Istanbul Hotel    

Welcome to Istanbul! Upon arrival at the airport our local representative will welcome you. After the visa formalities and claiming your baggage, transfer to your hotel in Istanbul, check in and overnight. If arrived early, remaining time of the day is free on your own.


Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul Sultanahmet

Day 2: Istanbul City Tour – Istanbul Hotel    

In the morning our local representative will meet you at the hotel lobby. We first visit the Hagia Sophia built as a church by Emperor Justinian in the sixth century, then became a mosque during the Ottoman period and now a museum. Adjacent to it, we visit the Sultan Ahmed Mosque known as the Blue Mosque due to the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. Enjoy a traditional lunch in a local restaurant. Then continue to Topkapi Palace, an enormous palace museum opened in 1924 known for its architecture, collections, history and culture of the Ottoman Empire. Wrap up your tour by visiting the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest shopping destination in Istanbul where they offer the best Turkish handcrafted products, silk scarves, jewelries, leather goods, rugs, carpets and, etc. Return to your hotel in Istanbul and overnight.


Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul Sultanahmet
Breakfast & Lunch

Day 3: Fly to Cappadocia – Goreme Open Museum – Uchisar – Cappadocia Hotel    

Transfer to Istanbul airport to catch a flight going to Cappadocia. Upon arrival in Cappadocia start the tour and see the fairy chimneys, the incredible rock formations that can be seen in most parts of the region. Take a short drive to Avanos, a small town famous for its dedication and mastery of pottery. The red clay they use came from the Kizilirmak River and the white clay from the high hills in the area the pots and ceramics made are exported in the whole of Turkey. Afterward, proceed to Goreme Open Air Museum, Cappadocia’s most famous tourist attraction that consists of a valley of volcanic tuff that formed into cave churches, and monasteries. Afterward continue to Uchisar Castle, named after the town where it is located, is the highest point in Cappadocia and has a stunning viewpoint of the world. Tour end with a visit to the Pigeon Valley, where you can have a breath-taking panoramic view of Cappadocia. Return to your hotel in Cappadocia and overnight.


The Museum Hotel
Breakfast & Lunch

Day 4: Ortahisar Castle – Cavusin Valley – Red Valley – Cappadocia Hotel    

Start the day with a visit to Ortahisar Castle a former fortress during the Byzantine times, it was built for both settlement and defense system. Next, to Cayusin Valley where you can see the troglodyte dwellings where people lived until the mid-20th century. In the afternoon, enjoy a tour to Red Valley where the red-rose color of the rocks is stretched through the valley. Have a traditional lunch in a local restaurant. This is one of the best spots for sunset viewing in Cappadocia. Transfer back to your hotel in Cappadocia and overnight.


The Museum Hotel
Breakfast & Lunch

Day 5: Fly to Izmir – Old Smyrna – Asansör – Izmir Hotel    

Transfer to Cappadocia airport to catch a flight going to Izmir. Upon arrival in Izmir our representative will meet you and start the journey to Agora. Explore the Old Smyrna, which was built during the period of Alexander the Great. Agora was excavated in 1941 by the Turkish & German archaeologists. Next proceed to The Elevator building also known as the Tahiri Asansör, built by Nesim Levi, a Jewish businessman. At the top of the building you get an astonishing view of the Gulf of Izmir. Tour ends with a visit in Kizlaragasi Hani, a historical bazaar in Izmir where you can buy Turkish goods and product. Transfer to your hotel in Izmir and overnight.


Mövenpick Hotel Izmir
Breakfast

Day 6: Ephesus – Virgin Mary Shrine – Basilica of St. John – Izmir Hotel    


Mövenpick Hotel Izmir
Breakfast

Day 7: Izmir Hotel – Izmir Airport    

After breakfast at the hotel, latest check out 12:00 noon, then according to flight departure time transfer to Izmir Airport to catch your departure flight back home. End of service.


Breakfast

Inclusions


  • 4 lunches at local restaurant
  • Guided tour in Cappadocia
  • Guided tour in Izmir
  • Entrance fee to sites mentioned
  • 6 Nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Private transfers a/c, car, with English-speaking driver.
  • Guided tour in Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

Exclusions


  •  International Airfare 
  •  Entry visa to Turkey (if applicable) 
  •  Meals and beverages not stated 
  •  Tips to the driver and guides 
  •  Any personal expenses  
  •  Others not mentioned in the inclusions  

Practical Info


• Best travel time is from April to November. If you plan to have a swim in the Black Sea go during the summer months when it is warm and humid.
• Check-in time at hotels is 14:00, check-out time at hotels is 12:00 noon.
• The Istanbul old city tour is on foot as the places are in walking distance to each other. The order of visits may be reversed.
• The Istanbul old city tour is on foot as the places are in walking distance to each other. The order of visits may be reversed.
• The Hagia Sophia is open from 09:00-17:00 in the period November to March and from 09:00-19:00 in the period April to October. The last entry is one hour before closing time. Women need to cover their heads, and everyone needs to move the shoes before stepping on the carpet. The Hagia Sophia is now a mosque, so do not walk in front of praying visitors and note that the Hagia Sophia might get busy during Friday prayers around noon.
• Opening Hours of the Topkapi Palace are 10:00-16:00 in the period October to March, and 09:00-18:45 in the period April to September. The palace is closed on Tuesdays.
• The Blue Mosque is closed to non-Muslims 45 minutes before the call to prayer, 30 minutes afterwards, and on Fridays until 14:30.
• To respect the local culture please cover your shoulders and knees.
• If you opt for a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, it only takes place in the early morning. We recommend booking as early as possible as this is a popular activity and subject to availability.
• Our staff is trained to follow hygiene and safety protocols.

How to Book this Tour


- After booking the tour with us online, one of our consultants will get in touch within 24 hours. You need to pay then a 35% deposit by credit card or by bank transfer. The full payment is due latest 28 days before the tour start.
- Cancellations or changes need to be sent in written form. Charges are as follows:
• In general the deposit will not be refunded.
• 30% of the total price of the trip for cancellations or changes made 21 to 7 days before departure.
• 100% of the total price of the trip for cancellations or changes made 06 to 01 days before departure or no show.
- For refunds, we do not cover transaction fees charged by credit card companies and banks.
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