12 Days Turkey Tour - Istanbul Cappadocia Antalya Pamukkale Ephesus and Kusadasi
Day 1: Istanbul
12 Days Turkey Tour, On your arrival to the Ataturk airport in Istanbul, our representative will welcome you at the exit gate inside of the international terminal where you will see your names written on a board. Then you will be transferred to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the time in the city. (We might pick you up from Sabiha Gokcen airport with extra cost)
Day 2: Free Day in Istanbul (*B)
After breakfast enjoy Istanbul old city on your own, your hotel will be in a walking distance from Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi palace or other places. If you wish to have a guide for Istanbul old city, you can book old city tour with us. Overnight in Istanbul
Day 3: Northern Cappadocia Tour (*L)
Early pick up from your hotel and transfer to airport to get a flight to Cappadocia. After your flight our agency representative will welcome you at the exit gate inside of the domestic terminal where you will see your names written on a board. You will be transferred to our local office in Cappadocia and meet your guide and after picking other people from their hotels as well you will start your tour.
You will start your visit by Goreme Panorama with its splendid over Goreme village, land of fairy chimneys. Then you will be fascinated by Open Air Museum, the biggest monastery complex of the region. You will continue with Ortahisar, a typical village with its castle and cave food storages. After you will visit one of the most interesting places, Fairy Chimney Valley, Pasabag, with its mushroom like formed rocks. Passing through Imagination Valley, Devrent, where you have the impression that animals are petrified in the rocks.
You will enjoy your lunch in a restaurant with open buffet variety.
Finally you will walk along Red River flourishing Avanos town famous with pottery cave workshops dating thousand years back to Hittites, the first civilization of Cappadocia.
You are going to have fun trying to make potteries after you have a small demonstration.
On the way back to your hotel, you will get into Love Valley which offers a magnificent view.
Day 4: Southern Cappadocia Tour (*B *L)
Optional balloon tour available for this morning.
Your guide will take you from your hotel around 09:30-09:45 am then you will join your tour.
Your visit start with Uchisar Castle, the biggest fairy chimney used as a fortress by many civilizations. Then be ready to hike about 4km in beautiful Red Valley passing through Rose valley discovering beautiful rock churches, arriving to Cavusin village, one of the ancient settlement of the region with its cave houses.
For lunch you are going to traditional Turkish Restaurant.
In the afternoon you will be amazed by Kaymakli Underground City widest of the regions served many centuries as refuge for the local people and saved early Christians from roman persecution. Then you will visit Pigeon Valley with its lovely pigeons still living in pigeons houses which has a wonderful view over Uchisar Castle. Finally you will drive to Three Beauties Valley with its beautiful view over Urgup town famous with its wine factories.
End of the day transfer to your hotel and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 5: Cappadocia to Antalya via Konya by minibus(*B)
Around 08:30-08:45am we will take you from your hotel and after 4 hours of driving you will reach to Konya where you have chance to visit Konya Mevlana Museum, school of whirling dervishes. You will have your lunch in a traditional Turkish restaurant.
Then we will drive 3 hours more to arrive in Antalya and we will transfer you to your hotel in Antalya.
Day 6: Aspendos Perge and Waterfall Tour (*B *L)
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel around 08:00-08:15. You will join the full day tour of Aspendos which bears one of the best preserved Roman theaters in Anatolia. After visiting the ancient city Perge where you can see its large agora, the public baths and gymnasium, you can enjoy the views of waterfall. You will have your lunch in a traditional Turkish restaurant. End of the tour you will be transferred back to hotel and overnight stay.
Day 7: Antalya to Pamukkale by bus(*B)
Free morning and end of the day transfer to the bus station to take an intercity bus to Pamukkale. After arrival you will see your names held by our agents who will take to your hotel in Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 8: Pamukkale Tour(*B *L)
After breakfast you will be picked from your hotel around 09:00-09:45 and join to Pamukkale Hierapolis tour.
Pamukkale means “cotton castle” in Turkish and it is a natural site contains hot springs and travertine, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water with its temperate climate for most of the year. We will also visit the ancient city Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hot springs there have been used as a spa since the 2nd century BC, and people came to soothe their ailments, with many of them retiring or dying here. The large Necropolis is filled with sarcophagi, including the Sarcophagus of Marcus Aurelius. You will have also the chance to swim in Cleopatra Swimming Pool.
You will have your lunch during the excursion.
End of the day transfer to the bus station to take an intercity bus to Kusadasi. After arrival you will see your names hold by our agents who will take to your hotel in Kusadasi.
Day 9: Ephesus Tour(*B *L)
After breakfast you will be picked from your hotel around 09:00-09:30 and you will be transferred to full day Ephesus tour. You will start your visit with one of the 7 wonders of ancient world; Artemis Temple, city ruins of Ephesus as Hadrian Temple, Celcius Library, theater, hamams, passing through old harbor path. You will have your lunch in a traditional Turkish restaurant.
In the afternoon you will visit House of Virgin Mary where she spent her last 5 years, which is recognized by Vatican as pilgrimage destination for Christians, visited by Pope Leo XII and Benedict XVI. At the end of the tour, transfer to your hotel and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 10: Kusadasi(*B)
Today is free for you to visit city center or swim in clean beaches. At the end of the day transfer to airport to take a flight to Istanbul. Upon your arrival to Istanbul, pick up by our representatives and transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 11: Istanbul(*B)
After breakfast at the hotel, today you have free day in Istanbul. If you like we can organize one of our optional tours for you like Bosphorus tour, Asian Side tour, Turkish Night Dinner Cruise or Turkish Hamam. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 12: Istanbul, departure(*B)
After breakfast at the hotel, according to your flight pick up and transfer to Ataturk Airport. You do self check-in. End of our service for 12 days Turkey tour.
Hotel for 12 days Turkey tour
Istanbul - Avicenna Hotel, Zeynep Sultan Hotel, Gulhane Park Hotel
Cappadocia - Dervish Cave House, Historical Goreme House
Antalya - ANtalya Inn Hotel, Dogan S Hotel
Pamukkale - Tripolis Hotel, Hal-tur HOtel
Kusadasi - Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel, Efe Boutique Hotel
Solo traveler should pay 25% extra for single supplement.
Due to weather conditions if your balloon tour is cancelled you will be totally reimbursed.
Sabiha Gokcen Airport transfers can be provided with a little extra cost for international arrivals and departures. Please consult to your tour operator.
Travel Tips for 12 days Turkey Tour
Istanbul can be very cold and snowy in winters, so provide yourself winter clothes.
Springs and autumns are rainy, do not forget your umbrella or raincoat!
Summers are humid and hot, put enough sun cream and bring your hat.
Always for the tours in Turkey wear comfortable shoes.
Do not forget your swimming suits for Pamukkale.
You can have t-shirts or shorts on the days when you will visit mosques, no problem because they provide you at the entrance scarf and piece of clothes to cover your shoulders or legs.
You may visit any mosque except praying times.
Per person 1120 USD with credit card and 1060 USD with cash payment
Hot air balloon tour per person 170 USD with credit card, 160 USD with cash payment
- Hotels with breakfast
- Bus transfersdomestic flights
- Airport transfers mentioned on the itinerary
- Lunch on tours
- Entrance fees for sights and museums mentioned on the itinerary
- Professional English speaking guide
- Personal expenses
- Drink during lunch
- Medical insurance
- Tip to guide and driver
- Cleopatra swimming pool entrance