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TK04: 9 Days Istanbul - Ephesus - Pamukkale - Konya - Cappadocia - Istanbul

Tour Type: Private Tour, flexible and customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver & air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 4 to 5-star well selected hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: A mix choice of local cuisines and western-style food

Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul
Welcome to Istanbul! Our local representative will pick you up at the airport and escort you to the hotel. On the way to the hotel, he/she will brief about your private Turkey tours. After you check in, you can have a good rest in your room, or you can explore this ancient city with a history of more than 2,600 years on your own. Istanbul was originally named Constantinople and was once the capital of the three great empires: Eastern Rome, Byzantium and Ottoman.

Accommodation: Fer Hotel (4 stars)

Day 2: Istanbul Old City tour
Have breakfast in the hotel. Then our guide will lead you to explore the Istanbul Old City. We will firstly visit Sultanahmet Mosque. For walls there were decorated with more than 20,000 blue and white tiles, it has a more popular name - the Blue Mosque. Then we'll continue our Turkey private tours to go to the ancient Roman Hippodrome. Afterwards,We'll also visit the Hagia Museum opposite the Blue Mosque, a building used to be a church during the period of Roman Empire. It then was taken as a mosque for 481 years, and changed into a museum until 1935. Therefore it is a rare religious architecture in the world as well as a fusion of Eastern and Western cultures.

After Lunch, you'll be guided to Topkapi Palace, the imperial palace like a small city within Istanbul; and Grand Bazaar, one of the largest fairs of the world. After the visits today, we will transfer you back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Fer Hotel (4 stars)

  • Grand Bazaar in Turkey
    Beautiful lamps in Grand Bazaar
  • Turkey Spice
    Spices in Grand Bazaar
Day 3: Bosporus Cruise, Fly to Izmir
After breakfast, the guide will transfer you to the wharf for a two-hour Bosporus Cruise. It is a great way to enjoy the amazing views of European and Asian areas in Istanbul. You can see Dolmabahce Palace, Bosporus Bridge, Camlica Hill and many Ottoman-style buildings on the cruise trip. After the cruise, we will send you to the airport for an afternoon flight to Izmir. On your arrival at Izmir Airport, you will be picked up and transferred by our driver to the hotel in Kusadasi. The rest of the day is on your own to explore Kusadasi, a beautiful and charming seaside town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (4 stars)

Day 4: Full day Ephesus tour
We will drive to visit Ephesus ancient city after breakfast. Ephesus ancient city is the best-preserved Roman city in the world currently, including Marble Street; Celsus Library, one of the three major libraries in the Byzantine era; the Temple of Hadrian, which was named after the Roman Emperor Hadrian with the statue of snake-haired Madusa exquisitely carved on the front of the interior wall; the Trajan Fountain and Great Theater where Saint Paul preached.

We will then arrange lunch for you at a Turkish restaurant and take a short break. After lunch, you'll be guided to the Ephesus Archeological Museum and the Temple of Artemis, which is the most famous ancient site in Turkey and one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. We will also visit the House of Virgin Mary, as it is considered to be the place where the Virgin Mary spent her last 5 years. After the private Turkey tours today, you'll be escorted back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (4 stars)

  • Ephesus Ancient City
    Celsus Library in Ephesus ancient city
Day 5: Drive to Pamukkale, Visit Hierapolis ancient city
You'll check out this morning, please pack your luggage in advance and prepare your swimsuit, because you will have the opportunity to swim today in the hot spring pool in Pamukkale. Our guide will drive you to Pamukkale in 2.5 hours, 224km. There are high-quality hot springs since ancient times. Clean hot spring waterfalls flow slowly, and formed natural pools gradually with deposited calcium continually. Because the calcium ponds is as white as cotton, looking like a castle made from cotton in the distance, so Pamukkale was named as Cotton Castle. After lunch, we will visit Hierapolis ancient city on the mountain top of Pamukkale, where you'll see a large number of cemeteries, beautifully carved Roman stone pillars, amphitheaters and city gates. Return back to the hotel and we'll stay overnight in Pamukkale.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Doga Thermal Hotel (5 stars)

  • Cotton Castle Turkey
    The white calcium ponds of Pamukkale
  • Hierapolis Ancient City
    Hierapolis Ancient City
Day 6: Drive to Konya for a visit, then to Cappadocia
Early this morning we will leave for Konya, taking approximately 5 hours (400km). After arriving in Konya, we will visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana. Mevlana is the most famous sage of Turkey, who was not only the founder of Whirling Dervishes but also the spiritual leader of Islam. Thus it is a holy temple for all Muslim. Then we'll continue the private tours of Turkey to visit Sultanhani Caravanserai, a 13th-century caravan station survived and well protected on the ancient Silk Road. After lunch at a local Turkish restaurant, we'll go on the drive to Cappadocia for about 2.5 hours, 165km.

Tips: Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia is available. Please let us know in advance if you wish to book it as places are limited.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Kayakapi Premium Caves (5 stars)

Day 7: North Cappadocia tour
After breakfast, the guide will pick you up to start the wonderful North Cappadocia tour, which is the highlight of our 9 days Turkey private tours. You will visit the Goreme Open Air Museum with more than 30 rock cave churches, most of which are Byzantine-style with beautiful frescoes. Then we'll visit Avanos, a small town making pottery. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. After lunch, we'll go to the Devrent Valley, where the Martian landscape lies in Cappadocia. And you will see many tall and natural stone pillars of mushroom shape in Pasabag Monk Valley, so it is also called Fairy Chimney valley. On the way back to the hotel, we will also pass by the Love Valley, where you can take stunning evening views of Cappadocia.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Kayakapi Premium Caves (5 stars)

  • Goreme Open Air Museum, Cappadocia
    Goreme Open Air Museum, Cappadocia
Day 8: South Cappadocia tour, Fly to Istanbul
For you will check out today, please pack your luggage beforehand. After breakfast, the guide will lead you to have your South Cappadocia tour. First, you'll go to Uchisar Castle, which is Cappadocia's highest and largest Fairy Chimney that had been used as a defensive fortress in ancient times. Here you can overlook the whole Cappadocia, so remember to leave enough memory for your camera. Then we're going to hike in the Red Valley noted for many stone carved churches. After 2-hour hiking to arrive at Cavusin village, you can visit two well-known churches, namely Great Basilica and Cavusin Church.

After lunch, we'll drive to visit Pigeon Valley and Kaymakli Underground City. Kaymakli is the largest underground city in the Cappadocia, with more than 100 tunnels. After today's private tours of Turkey, we will drop you to the airport and you'll fly back to Istanbul.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Fer Hotel (4 stars)

  • Uchisar Castle
    Uchisar Castle, the highest point in Cappadocia
  • Kaymakli Underground City, Turkey
    Exploring Kaymakli Underground City
Day 9: Departure from Istanbul
You'll have your breakfast at the hotel, and check out before 12:00. The driver will escort you to the airport based on your flight time. Wish you a happy trip with Agate Travel, and we hope to serve you again. Have a nice journey!

Meals: Breakfast

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What's Included
  • Domestic flight fare of Istanbul - Izmir, Cappadocia - Istanbul in the itinerary.
  • Service of English speaking guides per itinerary.
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sights visited.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out Istanbul.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Turkey Visa Fee.
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