Detailed Itinerary:Turkey Highlights Tour: Istanbul, Ephesus, Cappadocia, escorted Turkey Tours by private guideAll Turkey tours depart daily and are customizable where viable. Or use our suggested itinerary below:
Day 1 – Istanbul
Transfer from the airport to your hotel. Day at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 – Istanbul (B)
Full Day Old City Tour:
Pick up from your hotel to visit Topkapi Palace, with royal treasury and elegant four courts. After lunch, proceed to the Hagia Sophia, a great Byzantine architectural masterpiece, whose interior is resplendent with golden mosaics. Then admire the delicate design and Iznik tiles of the Blue Mosque. Explore the ancient Roman Hippodrome with Egyptian Obelisk and Serpentine Column. Finally, stop off at the dazzling Grand Bazaar with over 4000 shops. Drop off to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
3 – Istanbul (B)
Full Day Bosphorus & Two Continents Tour:
Pick up from your hotel to visit the bustling Spice Market – a colorful bazaar heaped with various sweets and spices. Then you’ll take a relaxing Bosphorus boat cruise between the continents of Europe and Asia – gliding past Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, ornate wooden Ottoman mansions and mosques, Rumeli Fortress and the Bosphorus Bridge. In the afternoon, visit the beautiful Beylerbeyi Palace following by a scenic stop on Camlica Hill for panoramic views over Istanbul. Drop off to hotel. Overnight Istanbul.
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4 – Istanbul-Cappadocia (B, L)
Full Day Cappadocia Tour:
Pick up from your hotel after breakfast to explore Devrent and Monk’s Valley, to see the extraordinary mushroom-shaped rock pinnacles or ‘fairy chimneys’. Continue on to the small village of Avanos, famous for clay pottery design. After lunch, proceed to the Goreme Open Air Museum, featuring the most impressive rock-carved churches and Byzantine frescoes in all Cappadocia. Finally enjoy a view of the moonscape valleys from the rock-perched natural citadel at Uchisar. Drop off to hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
(Optional Add-On: Cappadocia Balloon Tours over the beautiful valleys).
Day 5 – Cappadocia-Kusadasi/Selcuk (B)
Transfer from the hotel to Cappadocia airport. Fly to Izmir via Istanbul. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Kusadasi/Selcuk.
Day 6-Full Day Ephesus Tour (B, L)
Pick up from your hotel after breakfast to visit Ephesus. Begin the tour at the House of Virgin Mary, where she spent her final years. Explore the marble white ancient city of Ephesus, with spectacular monuments such as the Library of Celsus, Agora, Odeon, Trajan Fountain, Hadrian’s Gate, Domitianus Temple, Theater and Roman Latrines. After lunch, visit the Temple of Artemis and Isabey Mosque. Transfer to Izmir Airport. Fly back to Istanbul, or onward extension.