Essential Turkey

Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Istanbul

From $5000 per person in low season
From $5800 per person in high season

based on 8 nights & daily experiences

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  • Take a memorable hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia

  • Barter in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

  • Visit one of the wonders of the Ancient World

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Turkey has a comfortable year-round climate. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, are marked by mild to warm days and cool nights. The summer months from June through August provide warm to hot days and pleasant evenings. Winter falls from December through February and days are crisp and evenings can be cold. The year-round temperature range is 6°C to 15°C (January), 11°C to 21°C (April), 22°C to 34°C (July), 15°C to 27°C (October).

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Turkey is a country with fascinating geographical landmarks and cities bursting with color and culture. This itinerary will take you from the striking fairy chimneys of Cappadocia to the Greco-Roman classical city of Ephesus, across to the beautiful white terraces of Pamukkale, before finally ending up in the vibrant city of Istanbul. Along the way you’ll visit a wonder of the Ancient World, UNESCO heritage sites and bustling bazaars. You’ll also enjoy a hot-air balloon ride and guided tours.

  1. Days 1-3: Cappadocia

    Cappadocia attracts visitors due to its enchanting landscape of striking rock formations, caves and chimney stacks caused by years of flooding and winds. Modern villages are interlaced with colonies where local people still reside in the caves carved into the rock. Horses play a large role in life here and in fact the name Cappadocia translates from Hittite as “land of the beautiful horses”.

    During your two-night stay in this breath-taking region visit Pasabagi, known as the “valley of the Monks” as well as the Valley of Zelve, otherwise known as “Imagination Valley”. Uchisar castle is a fascinating place to explore and stands at the highest point in Cappadocia, offering fantastic views. The castle features a labyrinth of rooms carved into the rock face over multiple layers. Of course, the best way to experience the wonderous sights of Cappadocia, and an image which adorns many pictures of the area, is taking a deluxe hot air balloon ride over the stunning landscape. Rising early, marvel at the rock formations and they change color as the sun slowly creeps up over the horizon.

    Accommodation: Museum Hotel (2 nights)

  2. Days 3-5: Ephesus

    From your hotel in Cappadocia you will be transferred to Kayseri airport, around a 1-hour drive, from where you’ll board a short 1-hour, 30-minute domestic flight to Izmir. From Izmir, the transfer to your hotel takes just under 1 hour.

    The ancient city of Ephesus, located near the Aegean Sea, is the best-preserved classical city in the Eastern Mediterranean. At its peak, it was the largest Greco-Roman city in Asia Minor with a population of 250,000. The temple of Artemis in the city of Ephesus is one of the Seven wonders of the Ancient World and was a Greek temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis. A guided visit around this ancient Greek city will take you back in time to discover the stories and legends surrounding the structures that still stand to this day. The House of Virgin Mary is a popular location for Catholic pilgrims and stands beautifully nestled amongst the pine-clad hill. Many visitors make the pilgrimage here as they believe this to be the house where Mary, mother of Jesus, was taken to by Saint John to spend her final years.   Your second day in Ephesus will take you to Bergama, one of the finest archaeological sites in Turkey and home to the second largest library in the ancient world. Here you’ll also find the steepest Theatre of Anatolia and the Roman Medical Center ruins of Asclepion. Ascending the Acropolis by cable car you’ll enjoy majestic views before walking back down via the gymnasium situated on the lower terraces of the lower Agora.

    Accommodation: Yedi Bilgeler Winery Hotel (2 nights)

  3. Days 5-6: Pamukkale

    Departing the ancient city of Ephesus, you will be privately transferred to Afrodisias, a city dedicated to the Greek goddess of love, which is approximately two-and-a-half hours by car. The stunning temple here is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and shows remains of quintessential Greek architecture with striking marble sculptures and facades.

    From Afrodisias the onward drive to Pammukale takes around one-and-a-half hours. Pamukkale is best known for its gleaming white calcite shelves, or terraces, overrunning with warm, mineral-rich waters. The highly photogenic and brilliant white terraces, with their naturally heated pools, are an otherworldly natural wonder.

    Nearby you’ll visit Hierapolis, whose name translates as ‘sacred city’, which is an archaeological site blending Roman, Jewish, pagan and early Christian influences. Mentioned in the Bible, it has been used as a spa since 2nd century BC. The highlight is the Roman amphitheater, with no less than of 12,000 seats, and the spectacular views of the white terraces of Pamukkale.

    Accommodation: Doga Thermal Hotel (1 night)

  4. Days 6-9: Istanbul, Turkey

    rom your hotel in Pamukkale a private transfer will take you on the 45-minute drive Denizli Çardak Airport from where you’ll take a short domestic flight, just over one hour, to Istanbul.

    Istanbul is one of the most ancient cities in the world, and the only city on the planet to be situated on two continents. During your 3-night stay you’ll have plenty of time to explore the beautiful palaces, impressive mosques and maze-like bazaars. One of the best ways to explore Istanbul is by taking a private cruise on the grand Bosphorous River, which runs through the length of the city. The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world and here you are expected to haggle so it is a great place to practice your bargaining skills and perhaps pick up a few souvenirs to take home. Another Bazaar well worth visiting is the spice bazaar where you’ll be overwhelmed by tantalising aromas and colorful displays. We had also included a historical Sultanahmet walking tour, a visit to Suleymaniye Mosque, Topkapi Palace as well as a traditional Turkish Bath experience. For something extra special, why not ask your travel consultant to include a helicopter tour of Istanbul which will offer you a birds-eye view of the Golden Horn, the Historical Peninsula and the Bosphorus?  

    Accommodation: Shangri-La Bosphorous, Istanbul (3 nights)


Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Istanbul

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