Short Turkey Tour In 8 Days
Explore Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ankara and Ephesus
Welcome to the enchanting land of Turkey! Embark on a mesmerizing journey through Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ankara, and Ephesus on our Silver Turkey Tour. Immerse yourself in the rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes of this diverse country. From ancient ruins to natural wonders, this tour showcases the best of Turkey in just 8 days. So pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable adventure!
Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul
Upon your arrival at Istanbul Airport, our friendly team will be there to welcome you. Look out for the “CASTLE TRAVEL” sign, and we’ll transfer you to your hotel in the charming neighborhood of Sultanahmet. Take some time to settle in and relax before an evening of Turkish delights. At 19:30-19:45, we’ll pick you up from the hotel for a Turkish Night on Bosphorus. Cruise along the Bosphorus Strait on a private boat, while enjoying a traditional Turkish dinner and a mesmerizing show. After an enchanting evening, we’ll transfer you back to your hotel for a restful overnight stay.
Day 2: Istanbul Highlights
After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, get ready to explore the historic wonders of Istanbul. Our knowledgeable tour guide will pick you up at 09:00, and the first stop is the majestic Topkapi Palace. Marvel at the opulent rooms and treasures that once belonged to the Ottoman Sultans. Next, visit the iconic Hagia Sophia, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. Continue your journey to the Blue Mosque, famous for its striking blue Iznik tiled interior. Experience the vibrant atmosphere of the ancient Roman Hippodrome, where chariot races once took place.
Don’t miss the chance to explore the Grand Bazaar, the largest covered market in the world. Indulge in some shopping and soak in the vibrant ambiance. Finally, visit the Egyptian Spice Market, where you can immerse yourself in the aromas and flavors of exotic spices. After a full day of exploration, we’ll transfer you to Istanbul Airport for your flight to Cappadocia. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in Cappadocia.
Day 3: Discovering Cappadocia’s Hidden Gems
Get ready for a day of discovery as we delve into the wonders of Cappadocia. Depart from your hotel at 09:30 and embark on a regional tour that showcases the highlights of this unique region. Start your day at Pasabag, also known as Monk’s Valley, famous for its peculiar fairy chimneys. Continue to the ancient Christian Village of Cavusin, where you can admire the well-preserved rock-cut churches. Journey to Avanos, a picturesque village renowned for its traditional pottery craftsmanship.
Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before heading to the Goreme Open Air Museum. Marvel at the impressive rock-carved churches adorned with beautiful frescoes. Conclude your day with a visit to Pigeon Valley, named after the numerous pigeon houses carved into the rocks. Capture the breathtaking views and return to your hotel for dinner and a comfortable overnight stay in Cappadocia.
Day 4: Kaymakli Underground City and Mevlana Museum
On this day, we’ll take you on a journey through time as we explore the ancient underground city of Kaymakli. After breakfast, depart from your hotel at 08:30 and make your way to this fascinating underground marvel. Kaymakli Underground City is one of the widest underground cities in Cappadocia and offers a glimpse into the intricacies of underground life. Continue your journey to Konya, where you’ll visit the Mevlana Museum.
Delve into the mysticism of Mevlana or Rumi, a Persian Sufi mystic whose teachings have left a lasting impact on the world. After lunch, we’ll drive to Pamukkale and check-in to the hotel. Enjoy a scrumptious dinner and a relaxing overnight stay in Pamukkale.
Day 5: Pamukkale and Hierapolis
Prepare to be awe-struck as we explore the natural wonders of Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis. After breakfast, depart from your hotel and embark on a tour that will take your breath away. Discover the ancient ruins of Hierapolis, including the Necropolis, Roman Baths, Domitian Gate, and more. Explore the unique Plutonium, also known as “Pluto’s Gate,” which was believed to be an entrance to the underworld.
Marvel at the well-preserved Theater and take a dip in the rejuvenating Antique Pool, known for its healing properties (additional fee applies). Then, it’s time to witness the stunning travertine terraces of Pamukkale. Walk barefoot on the calcium-rich white terraces, and don’t forget to capture the picture-perfect moments. After a day of exploration, we’ll drive to Kusadasi for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 6: Ephesus and Sirince Village
Get ready to step back in time as we visit the ancient city of Ephesus and the charming village of Sirince. Depart from your hotel at 09:00 and start your day by visiting the remains of the Artemis Temple, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Continue to the main site of Ephesus, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore the grandeur of this ancient city.
Admire the Celsius Library, Agora, Theater, and other fascinating landmarks. After a delicious lunch, visit the House of Virgin Mary, believed to be the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. Conclude your day with a visit to the picturesque Sirince Village, nestled on a mountain top. Stroll through its narrow streets, sample local wines, and soak in the village’s tranquil ambiance. Return to your hotel in Kusadasi for dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 7: Bursa and Return to Istanbul
After breakfast, bid farewell to Kusadasi as we make our way to Bursa, the former Ottoman Capital. Explore the city’s historical and cultural treasures, including the old Silk Market in the Covered Bazaar. Indulge in a lunch of the famous “Kebap of Alexander The Great” before heading to the Bursa IDO ferry port. Board the ferry and enjoy a scenic journey back to Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul and savor a delightful dinner in a local restaurant before heading to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy your last night in Istanbul with an overnight stay.
Day 8: Departure from Istanbul
After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, we’ll transfer you to Istanbul Airport for your departure. It’s time to bid farewell to the beautiful country of Turkey and cherish the memories of your Silver Turkey Tour. We hope you had an amazing experience and wish you a safe journey back home!
The Silver Turkey Tour offers a complete package of adventure, history, and culture. From the bustling streets of Istanbul to the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia, the ancient ruins of Ephesus, and the natural wonders of Pamukkale, this tour has it all. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Turkey, indulge in delicious cuisine, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Book your Silver Turkey Tour today and embark on an extraordinary journey through the heart of this captivating country.
Note: The itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances.