11 Days Turkey Tour: Explore the Rich History and Scenic Beauty
Experience the Splendor of Turkey with Our Platinum Tour Package
Are you ready to embark on a journey to discover the wonders of Turkey? Look no further than our Platinum Turkey Tour. This meticulously curated package is designed to take you on an unforgettable adventure through the rich history and breathtaking landscapes of this fascinating country. From the iconic landmarks of Istanbul to the ancient ruins of Ephesus, from the natural wonders of Pamukkale to the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, this tour offers an immersive experience that will leave you with memories to treasure for a lifetime.
Day 1: Istanbul – The Gateway to Turkey
Your Platinum Turkey Tour begins in the vibrant city of Istanbul, known as the gateway to Turkey. After arriving at the airport, our professional guide will transfer you to your luxurious hotel. Take some time to relax and unwind before embarking on a thrilling exploration of this enchanting city the next day.
Day 2: Discovering the Byzantine & Ottoman Relics of Istanbul
After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, get ready to delve into the fascinating history of Istanbul. Our first stop is the world-famous Hagia Sophia, a 5th-century church that was once the greatest in the world. Marvel at its stunning architecture and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage it represents.
Next, we visit the iconic Blue Mosque, renowned for its striking blue Iznik tiled interior. Step inside and be captivated by the beauty and grandeur of this sacred place.
Afterwards, we make our way to the ancient Roman Hippodrome, where chariot races and other events were held during the Byzantine era. Take a stroll through history as you explore the remnants of this historic site.
A delicious lunch awaits you in the old town, where you can savor the flavors of traditional Turkish cuisine. Energized and ready for more, we continue our tour with a visit to the Imperial Palace of Topkapi, the opulent residence of the Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the palace and discover the treasures that once adorned its halls.
Our final stop for the day is the Suleymaniye Mosque, an architectural masterpiece that showcases the splendor of Ottoman design. Take in the serene atmosphere and marvel at the intricate details of this magnificent mosque.
As the day comes to a close, we transfer you back to your hotel, where you can relax and reflect on the awe-inspiring sights you’ve witnessed. Overnight in Istanbul, ready for more adventures to come.
Day 3: Cruising the Bosphorus and Flying to Izmir
After a scrumptious breakfast, we embark on a cruise along the Bosphorus, the strait that divides the European and Asian continents. Marvel at the stunning views as we sail past iconic landmarks and picturesque waterfront mansions.
Following the cruise, we visit the Spice Market, a vibrant bazaar where you can immerse yourself in the scents and flavors of Turkey. Indulge in some shopping and take home a piece of this exotic land.
In the afternoon, we explore the Dolmabahce Palace, a lavish residence that served as the final home of the Ottoman Sultans. Be mesmerized by its opulent interiors and learn about the history that unfolded within its walls.
Our next destination takes us to the Asian part of Istanbul, where we cross the Intercontinental Bosphorus Bridge to reach Camlica Hill. From this elevated point, you can soak in panoramic views of Istanbul and capture stunning photographs as mementos of your journey.
After this exhilarating day, we transfer you to Istanbul airport for your flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, our guide and driver will be waiting to take you on a scenic one-hour drive to Kusadasi, where you’ll spend the night.
Day 4: Exploring Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary
Wake up to a delightful breakfast and get ready for a full-day excursion to Ephesus, one of the most superbly preserved Greco-Roman cities in the world. Our first stop is the remains of the Artemis Temple, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Marvel at the remnants of this once magnificent structure and imagine the grandeur it once possessed.
Next, we proceed to the main site of Ephesus, where you’ll be transported back in time as you explore the well-preserved ruins. Highlights include the Celsius Library, Agora, Theater, Odeon, Trajan Fountain, Domitianus Temple, and Roman Latrines. Each step will bring you closer to understanding the rich history and cultural significance of this ancient city.
After a delectable lunch, we visit the House of Virgin Mary, a place believed to be where the Virgin Mary spent her final days. Experience the serene atmosphere and take a moment for reflection and contemplation.
As the day draws to a close, we transfer you back to your hotel in Kusadasi. Relax and unwind, knowing you’ve experienced the wonders of Ephesus firsthand.
Day 5: Pamukkale and Hierapolis – A Journey to Natural Beauty
After breakfast, check out from your hotel and bring your towels and bathing suits as we embark on a day of swimming in thermal pools. Our first stop is Pamukkale, known as the “Cotton Castle” due to its stunning white terraces formed by mineral-rich thermal waters. Explore this natural wonder and take a dip in the rejuvenating pools.
Next, we visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, where you can immerse yourself in history as you explore the Temple of Apollo, the breathtaking Theater, the fascinating Necropolis, and the great baths of Hierapolis. Learn about the connections between St. Philip and the history of the city as you delve into the past.
As the day comes to an end, we transfer you to your hotel in Pamukkale, where you can enjoy a delectable dinner and relax in the comfort of your accommodations.
OPTIONAL TOUR FOR TODAY: For the adventurous souls, consider booking a paragliding or Hot Air Balloon Tour to soar above the natural wonders of Pamukkale and capture breathtaking views from above.
Day 6: Lake Salda and the Stunning Beaches of Antalya
Are you ready for a romantic photo shoot against the backdrop of lavender fields and the stunning beaches reminiscent of the Maldives? Today, we depart from Pamukkale and make our way to Antalya, stopping at some of the most beautiful places along the way.
Prepare to be mesmerized by an endless sea of flowering lavender fields, where you’ll have ample time for photo and video sessions. Visit a local factory and learn the secret recipes for processing this healing plant. Don’t forget to pick up some fragrant lavender products to take home as souvenirs.
Our journey continues to Lake Salda, often described as the “Maldives of Turkey.” Delight in the crystal-clear turquoise waters and pristine white sandy beaches. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this hidden gem and create memories that will last a lifetime.
After a lunch break, we make our way to Antalya, the fastest-growing city in Turkey. Discover its fabulous mix of great beaches and traditional Turkish culture. Explore the old town center, visit Hadrian’s Gate, and take in the stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. Overnight in Antalya, ready for more adventures tomorrow.
Day 7: Antalya, Aspendos, Side, and Manavgat Waterfall
After a hearty breakfast, we embark on a panoramic city tour of Antalya. Our first stop is the Karpuzkaldiran Waterfall, a spectacular sight where a fast-flowing river drops down into the sea, creating a mesmerizing display of nature’s power.
Next, we visit the ancient theater of Aspendos, an incredibly well-preserved structure that dates back to the 2nd century A.D. Marvel at its grandeur and imagine the performances that once took place within its walls. Don’t forget to explore the nearby aqueduct, a testament to the engineering marvels of the past.
We then make our way to Side, one of the best classical ancient cities in Turkey. Discover its rich history as you explore the large theater, Roman Baths, and the Temple of Apollo. Immerse yourself in the stories of the past and imagine life in this bustling port city.
As the day winds down, we transfer you back to your hotel in Antalya. Enjoy a delicious dinner and reflect on the wonders you’ve witnessed throughout the day.
Day 8: Konya – The City of Whirling Dervishes
Today, we leave Antalya and embark on a journey to Konya, one of the earliest settlements in Anatolia and an important site for early Christian communities. Our first stop is the Mevlana Museum, home to the Tomb of Rumi, one of the world’s most revered poets and a symbol of tolerance and love. Explore the museum and learn about the life and teachings of this influential figure.
Afterward, we drive along the ancient Silk Road to reach Cappadocia, our next destination. Check-in to your hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening in preparation for a full day of exploration tomorrow.
Day 9: Unveiling the Wonders of Cappadocia
Rise and shine! Today, we embark on a full-day tour of Cappadocia, a land of otherworldly landscapes and fairy chimneys. Our first stop is Devrent Valley, where you’ll witness the unique rock formations known as fairy chimneys. Be captivated by their whimsical shapes and let your imagination run wild.
Next, we visit Pasabag, also known as Monk’s Valley, famous for its mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Explore this fascinating landscape and marvel at the wonders of nature.
Afterward, we make our way to the city of Avanos, renowned for its pottery traditions. Enjoy a delicious lunch and witness the artistry of local artisans as they mold clay into beautiful works of art.
In the afternoon, we visit Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site that showcases the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements. Admire the ancient frescoes and delve into the history of this unique site.
Our final stop for the day is Uchisar, where you can explore the natural castles carved into the rock formations. Take in the panoramic views and capture stunning photographs as you soak in the beauty of Cappadocia.
As the day comes to an end, we transfer you back to your hotel, where you can relax and reflect on the wonders you’ve witnessed throughout the day.
Day 10: Farewell to Cappadocia – Fly Back to Istanbul
On your final day of the Platinum Turkey Tour, check out from your hotel after breakfast and get ready for more adventures. We embark on a journey through the stunning landscapes of Cappadocia.
Our first stop is the Red Valley, a picturesque location perfect for hiking through orchards, vineyards, and fairy chimneys. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this area and capture the essence of Cappadocia.
Continue your exploration in Rose Valley, named after the hundreds of little windows carved into the rocks to attract nesting pigeons. Marvel at the unique rock formations and enjoy the tranquility of this serene place.
Next, we visit the old Christian Village of Cavusin, where you can explore the ancient rock-cut dwellings and churches. Gain insight into the lives of the early Christian communities that once inhabited this area.
Our journey concludes with a visit to the Kaymakli Underground City, a remarkable subterranean complex that served as a refuge for early Christians. Explore its labyrinthine tunnels and learn about the fascinating history that lies beneath the surface.
After the tour, we transfer you to Kayseri or Nevsehir airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival, our guide will escort you to your hotel, where you can reflect on the incredible experiences you’ve had throughout the Platinum Turkey Tour.
OPTIONAL TOURS FOR TODAY: For those seeking additional thrills, consider booking a Hot Air Balloon Tour or indulging in a Turkish Night or Whirling Dervish Show to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Turkey.
Day 11: Departure from Istanbul: Bid Farewell to Turkey
Enjoy a delightful breakfast at your hotel before we transfer you to Istanbul Airport for your departure. We sincerely hope you had a wonderful time exploring Turkey’s rich history and natural beauty. Have a pleasant flight back home!
So why wait? Embark on the journey of a lifetime with our Turkey Tour and discover the rich history, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality of this remarkable country. Book your tour today and create memories that will last a lifetime.
- BURGU ARJAAN BY ROTANA Hotel 5 Star (or similar category)
- THE MARMARA Hotel 4 Star (or similar category)
- DEMIR SUITE HOTEL 3 Star (or similar category)
- CHARISMA Hotel 5 Star (or similar category)
- MARTI Hotel 4 Star (or similar category)
- DERICI Hotel 3 Star (or similar category)
- ADEMPIRA TERMAL&SPA Hotel 5 Star (or similar category)
- HIERAPARK TERMAL&SPA Hotel 4 Star (or similar category)
- REIS TERMAL&SPA Hotel 3 Star (or similar category)
- ADONIS Hotel 5 Star (or similar category)
- CENDER Hotel 4 Star (or similar category)
- EXPOROYAL Hotel 3 Star (or similar category)
- RAMADA BY WYNDHAM Hotel 5 Star (or similar category)
- GOREME INN Hotel 4 Star (or similar category)
- MDC Hotel 3 Star (or similar category)
What is included:
- Domestic flights
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary
- All escorted transfers
- Hotel accommodation at the above-mentioned hotels
- English speaking government licensed professional tour guide
- All entry fees to sites and museums
- Meals as per indicated in the itinerary
- Transportation by A/C non-smoking and sanitized vehicle
- Local taxes and VAT
What is not included:
- Internatıonal flights
- All meals and beverages not indicated in the itinerary
- All personal expenditures
- Gratuity to guide and driver (Minimum 7 USD for guide + 3 USD for driver suggested)